TOS? Pain is very hard to reproduce with Doctors
Since March I have, what I think is, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that is gradually worsening. At first I would only have flare ups when sometimes and I would get pain in chest (that would occur when breathing out) and aching pain in my arm and hand. This pain was occasional and always occurred after sleeping on my left side (the pain is also on my left). Anyway, so the summer went by and the pain occured more and more frequently and always after lying on my left side. The pain would last for up to 10 days maximum before calming down and I only get arm pain when it is at its worst. Otherwise, it is mostly pain in my chest below my collarbone. In september I went to see an Osteopath for an evaluation of this pain. She worked on mobilizing my clavicle and stretching my pec. After my treatments with her I started getting pain in my neck, arm, top of shoulder blade, shoulder, chest near my clavicle, and pain underneath my left breast and down to the left of my sternum into my diaphragm. Now, I have seen a doctor who cannot connect the pain beneath my breast and near my sternum to Thoracic outlet syndrom. My other problem is that the only way that I can conciously recreate the pain is by lying on my left side. All of the typical arm raising tests do not ever increase my pain. I have had an X-ray that was inconclusive and just today went for a bone density scan. I have also recently seen the osteopath again and she worked the connective tissues around my heart mostly. This seemed to have provided some relief however, I am also taking Naproxen so it might just be the drugs.
So my main question is, have any of you experienced pain in the sternum/chest area that was not so close to the clavicle. And have any of you had thoracic outlet syndrome that was not worsened by raising arms?
I am in my early 20s and have always been very athletic. This pain has cause a real problem with my career as I often work in remote locations away from doctors, doing active work.