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Old 06-06-2019, 07:34 AM   #1
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Hello to all. I guess a good place to start is some back history. I was diagnosed with bilateral arterial/ nerve tos back in Oct of 95 at the age of 34. Nov and Dec I had undergone surgeries to correct the condition. I didnt have the extra rib. My condition was caused by various crashes and the work type I was doing. To this day I still do not work much at all. I've struggled left and right with shoulder issues and nero pain in the arms. Numbness,tingling and grip loss. Biggest obstacle I've been battling is weight issue. I was 175 pounds and lost most of it over the years. Not fat weight but muscle mass. I'm currently down to the 145 mark, which is borderline unhealthy for my height. Problem is I no longer live where I use to and finding a Dr. that's knowledgeable in TOS as we all know is difficult to find. I've no completely changed my diet recently and have been looking to start, or attempt to rebuild some muscle. Through search after search online, I'm not finding any exercises outside of stretching to help me out in this venture. So if anyone knows of lifting techniques of guides to help, please let me know. Thanks for your time in reading this.
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Most tend to gain weight due to pain meds & less activity..
Some have muscle shrinkage/wasting when a nerve is affected, but that is only for the shoulder, hand or arm affected..

Have you had a full health work up, if you don't think any diet or activity changes are the reason..
Are you eating the same amount of food/calories as before?
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Most tend to gain weight due to pain meds & less activity..
Some have muscle shrinkage/wasting when a nerve is affected, but that is only for the shoulder, hand or arm affected..

Have you had a full health work up, if you don't think any diet or activity changes are the reason..
Are you eating the same amount of food/calories as before?
I haven't taken RX pain meds in years really. Was tired if the head in the clouds feeling. Over a couple of months I tapered my self off them completely. Nerve pain is very slight anymore after having 3 rounds of 750ml bupivacaine to the nerves to get them to reset. Most the pain now is positional caused. I can usually elevate that by flexing the elbows, thinking cubital impingement there. As far as weight thinking mostly due to wrong foods and not enough calories. I have a very high metabolism. Muscle wasting for lack of use or atrophy I believe is some of the loss of weight. Work up wise I've got a Dr. appointment on the 11th of June with a new doctor. I am a smart guy in the aspect of my records. I've already given him a full copy of all surgery's, tests,therapy sessions and the whole nine yards ( feel sorry he has to sort through all that paperwork).
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