The symptoms of TOS are highly dependent on the type of TOS you may be suffering from. As you may imagine, compression of different structures of the body feels different and determines how far these symptoms travel. If you happen to be dealing with neurogenic compression then the symptoms include:
- Pain and discomfort in the shoulder and arm.
- Tingling in the forearm, wrist, and hand.
- You could feel weakness or that your shoulder and arm are quick to fatigue.
- In some rare occasions, you may also have some atrophy (shrinking, and weakening) that usually occurs in the base of the thumb.
These symptoms will typically be intermittent and seem to be exacerbated during activities involving placing the arms overhead.
Venous compression could cause effort thrombosis and form blood clots, these clots are the main cause of the symptoms you may feel, which include:
- The veins in your neck, shoulder, and arm could grow unusually large.
- Swelling that occurs in the arm, hand, and even in the fingers.
- Your hand and arm could also turn blue!
- Again tingling in the forearm, wrist, and hand.
Then there’s an arterial compression that can cause an embolism, or an aneurysm that would have to be further inspected by a medical professional. This is often accompanied by:
- Your hand turning pale and cold to the touch
- Reaching or working with your hands overhead will be painful.