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patsy’s thoracic outlet syndrome post-surgical nightmare: solved



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Just after Halloween of last year I received an email from Patsy of the Dallas / Fort Worth area asking if I thought I might be able to help her with her problem(s).  Approximately four years prior, Patsy had undergone surgery for THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME that had all but ruined her life over the course of the previous eight years.  Although the surgery was deemed “successful” by the doctors, for the past four years Patty has suffered with an array of problems, many of which were not present before the surgery, including CHRONIC PAIN of a POST SURGICAL nature.  The pain affected her pectoral muscle (chest), deltoid muscle (shoulder), scalene muscles, (neck), and trapezius muscle (where the neck meets the shoulder), as well as her hand and her arm.  This doesn’t even get into the HEADACHES and CHRONIC MIGRAINES it caused.   According to the original email Patsy sent me, she had severe…..

“issues that resulted in migraines from tightness in shoulder due to lifting, carrying something or sitting in front of a computer too long. The elbow, neck and shoulder (down the arm) area becomes inflamed / irritated and causes numbness to the hand / thumb. My main pain comes from the area where the rib was removed.  The pain is extreme. I sit at a desk all day and my elbow will sometimes swell from a long day of work typing on my computer.  The doctor thinks it could be scar tissue related to the surgery, and has discussed with me about having surgery to ‘clean up’ the area. I have declined the surgery for now.”

And that’s just for starters.  She actually had two completely unnecessary surgeries before anyone figured out that her symptoms were being caused by TOS, and not something else.  Believe me when I tell you that Patsy knows what it’s like to ride the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND.   After going to Physical Therapy for six weeks (“they said I have strength in all parts of the shoulder and no need to return“), a doctor specializing in MYOFASICAL SYNDROMES (“he could relive the pain for a few days by working on soft tissue, but would not last“), an Orthopedic Surgeon (he suggested doing Botox to numb the area), a Vascular Surgeon three different times (he suggested surgery to remove the top fascia of the shoulder and clean the scar tissue. I have declined this for now also), and any number of others, she decided to see if I could help.  Although I believed her problem would respond to what I do, I NEVER MAKE PROMISES.  Patsy decided to come up and see me, and the rest is history. 

However, before we get to the video that Patsy sent me yesterday via email, I want to share with you the reason I am so high on Video Testimonials.


According to Daniel Webster’s 1828 edition of the dictionary that bears his name, hope is defined as, “A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this; that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.”  Due to the nightmare situations that so many of my LONG-DISTANCE PATIENTS have been through, many have lost all hope of ever finding a solution to their pain and lost ability to live a normal life.  Restoration of this hope is the chief reason I have so many VIDEO TESTIMONIALS on my site.

Don’t get me wrong, giving people hope is not the only reason I put videos on my site.  Part of it is educating the general public about what I do in my clinic.  Because let’s be honest with each other for a moment; how many of you would pay attention to my site (let alone find it) if it weren’t for the numerous videos?  They’re a great way of letting desperate people dealing with Chronic Pain know that there is someone out there doing something RADICALLY DIFFERENT — someone that may be able to help them with their particular CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME.  Plainly stated; they give people hope.

They are also a wonderful form of “evidence”.   With THE GOVERNMENT and BIG PHARMA teaming up to take over healthcare, the biggest catch-word of the day is “EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE“.  Without me going on a rant in this post, you can click on the link to see any number of reasons why this concept is largely a farce.  although I truly appreciate seeing what the peer-reviewed scientific literature has to say about any number of health-related issues, evidence is real people with real problems (many for a real long time) really getting better and staying that way for long periods of time —- maybe for the rest of their lives.   I’ve found that there’s no better way to let you see this ‘evidence’ than to give my patients a voice.

When I first met Patsy earlier this year, she was struggling to cope.  Three surgeries and a botched rehab (not her fault) had left her with immense amounts of SCAR TISSUE in her neck, upper back, and TRAPEZIUS AREA.  Despite going to specialist after specialist in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for the debilitating POST- SURGICAL CHRONIC NECK PAIN, she found relief in Mountain View, Missouri.  Although she still has some tension in her trapezius muscle, Patsy has her life back.  Although much of her life had been taken away by the surgery, there was one thing no one could take away from her —-  hope — hope that someone could figure out what was causing her pain and fix it.  It’s what kept her going.  Researching.  Looking for answers.  I’m going to let Patsy spread some of that hope with a video that comes straight from the Lone-Star state itself — Texas.

I apologize to both Patsy and my readers that the video is not right side up.  Unfortunately, I’m not a techie, and have no earthly idea how to fix it.  It doesn’t really matter though.  Take a couple minutes to listen to what this tough, classy woman has to say, and you’ll see for yourself.  It’s a message of hope that’s as real as it gets.  For more videos, just visit THIS PAGE.

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