Thoracic outlet syndrome

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What is thoracic outlet syndrome?

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition resulting from the compression of the blood vessels or nerves in the space between the clavicle and first rib (thoracic outlet). It is caused by car accident injuries or repetitive job or sport-related injuries.

Common symptoms reported by people with thoracic outlet syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with thoracic outlet syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
7
Tried for
thoracic outlet syndrome (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) thoracic outlet syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with thoracic outlet syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with thoracic outlet syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for thoracic outlet syndrome (4 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle soreness pain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
thoracic outlet syndrome (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
difficulty waking up
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation excessive dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2) thoracic outlet syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion difficulty waking up 5 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 14 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with thoracic outlet syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has thoracic outlet syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 12
30s 50
40s 62
50s 69
60s 32
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 17
20-29 years 35
30-39 years 33
40-49 years 27
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 28
Female 202

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 143
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from thoracic outlet syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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