Transcript for Tamar Braxton Opens Up About Health Crisis
First Tamar Braxton is opening up about the health crisis that forced her off "Dancing with the stars" still recovering from that scary condition that landed her in the operating room. ABC's linsey Davis is back with her story. Reporter: This morning, r&b singer Tamar Braxton is thankful to be alive after undergoing surgery to have her rib removed. Oh, go you know I'm blessed, number one beyond measure. Reporter: Sharing on her talk show "The real" while she's feeling better she's still nowhere near a full recovery. I'm definitely on the mend. Some days are really tough like yesterday was a little tough, y'all. I could not get out of bed. ? Reporter: Just last month Braxton was forced to leave "Dancing with the stars" early because of what doctors thought was pneumonia. These in the hospital right now. Reporter: A shocking comeback in time for the competition but immediately after she instagramed that her doctor found blood clots in her lungs writing with a heavy heart I regret to inform you that my season on "Dancing with the stars" has come to an end but then after the blood clots cleared more medical drama. She was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition often caused when athletes overuse their upper extremities and it compresses the subclavian vein. She needed surgery to remove her rib. I've never had surgery before. Reporter: In her reality show with husband Vincent Herbert she shares how afraid she was even hiring a spiritual counselor. You go the to have somebody that's constantly on -- you know, Tamar, keep the faith, don't give up on you. Reporter: For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, New York. We want to talk to Dr. Richard Besser more about this. So give us more details and any correlation with the blood clots. On this graphic, there's this space that's right above your first rib and below your collarbone and through that go through important thing, an artery, a vein and a nerve and they're pressed with a muscle and what happens is if that space gets a little smaller it can put pressure on those structures and you get something called thoracic outlet syndrome. If it pushes on the nerve that can cause tingling and pain in your arm. If it pushes on the artery it can cut down on blood flow and arm can get cold and painful. If it pushes on the vein a clot can form in your arm and that can go back to your lungs. Sometimes people feel that pain is a heart pain related to the heart. It can feel very similar. You know, we talk to people about heart pain being if you get a pain shooting down your arm think about your heart. That often comes on with exercise. This pain here is there all the time. But if you have either of those pains you need to get those checked out. When we saw that Tamar had a rib removed. Yeah. That got our attention. Looking back at this graphic you see that first rib at the top that's pressing on everything. She had that rib there removed and that opened up that space and took the pressure off of that vein and that should take care of the problem. You see this thing in athletes who are often doing exercises with their arms up. It causes those muscles to enlarge. One of the braves pitchers had this done a couple months ago. You can see it in people who broke their collarbone, you know, doing exercise or in a fall. Oh, my goodness, rich, thanks very much. Appreciate it.
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