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Patients with thoracic outlet syndrome often suffer for prolonged periods without a correct diagnosis.  As the symptoms of TOS progress, patients may feel as if there is “no end in sight”, and seek assistance from numerous doctors.  It may take many months or years before the underlying condition is recognized. During this time, patients often struggle with the activities of daily living, and suffer significant challenges in their professional and personal lives.

As in other chronic pain conditions, patients with thoracic outlet syndrome may develop reactive depression.  Depressed patients may suffer fatigue, a loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities, altered sleep cycles, and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, frustration, or anger.  Patients with depression are more susceptible to pain, and physicians caring for these patients may make the diagnosis of depression but fail to recognize the underlying medical condition.  If this underlying condition is not appropriately recognized and treated, a vicious cycle is propagated, with progression of the organic symptoms of TOS, and a concurrent decreased ability to deal with chronic pain.

The first step in proper treatment of any chronic pain condition is quickly recognizing and accurately diagnosing the underlying condition.  NeoVista® MRI is the most effective imaging modality for confirming the clinical diagnosis of TOS.  Recovering your health begins with NeoVista®.  Ask your physician about NeoVista® today.
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