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Posted By : Paulh - 6/6/2017 6:42 AM
Hi peeps im New nere based in the uk
Had my hybrid c4/5 cervical total dic replacment and c5/6 ACDF on the 17th may 2017
After op woke up with loss of feeling in my left hand thumb and index finger also cannot lift my left arm above my tummy
Was taken in for mri and xray the same day no evidence of haematoma or cord compression .
Its been 3 weeks now and no real improvment is this normal
I worry that i may not have full ise of my arm for ever now crying myself to sleep every night ?

Posted By : straydog - 6/6/2017 9:51 AM
Hi again Paulh. You are very early out on your surgery. This is a surgery that takes a good deal of time to heal & recover from. I am talking many, many months. Your total recovery time can take up to a good 18 months. Yes, as each day goes by your body will heal but it Just takes time. Time & patience are now your 2 best friends. Please follow all of the drs instructions to the letter. Do not push yourself thinking it will speed up your recovery, that will cause more harm than good. Be kind to yourself, allow your body to heal. Eat a healthy diet, get up & move around as tolerated. Walk outside & get some fresh air. The numbness you are experiencing is normal because of the nerves being inflamed & irritated. I know you keep reading the word time in my post, but time is what it takes. This too should get better in time. Because your incision may looked healed you are not healed on the inside.

I urge you to look at the top at CP101 & scroll to the last long post there. There is a ton of information there that members that have had neck surgery & they have listed many things that can help with the recovery from this surgery. I am willing to bet you will find some good tips in that post.

We have had many members here have neck & back surgeries that have done very well, so please do not despair. It is just too soon since your surgery to feel good yet.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Feel free to come here & ask questions & if you need to just have someone to talk to, we are here for you.

Take care.
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Posted By : Paulh - 6/7/2017 5:30 AM
An update was at the hospital yesterday had xrays all looked good sitll cannot lift left arm above my belly button. Surgion mr seel
Has told be due to being on a operating table with my head of the end for over an hour and a half for surgery the muscles and tendons in overstretched and now become lazy this may take up to 6 months to rectify apart from that he is very pleased with my results
Just want the full use of my arm back. As its stoping me working and may have to claim benifits for this. If its going to take. 6 months or so

Posted By : straydog - 6/7/2017 9:32 AM
Paul, if you can get some type of disability I highly urge you to consider applying for it. I don't think you realize how much time is involved with recovering from your surgery. At best, the 6 month mark should be a bit of a turning point for you but there is no guarantee of that happening that soon. If you want your surgery to be a success then you need to allow yourself the proper healing time. This is not a surgery that has a recovery time of 6 weeks. You already have an additional problem with your arm, so that itself is a set back. I am sorry if I sound like a broken records here but you need to be realistic about this surgery.

Take care.
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Posted By : (Seashell) - 6/7/2017 9:56 AM
What your surgeon is describing is a passive traction injury likely to the brachial plexus of the shoulder girdle/scapula. Prolonged stretch of the nerve plexus results in a transient paresis and resultant loss of muscle/motor control.

The good news is that the loss of muscle control is temporary. Effects may last for 6-8 months. You will notice gradual recovery over the weeks and months to come; it will not be progress that can be measured by the day.

A referral to an occupational therapist with upper extremity specialty or a physical therapist with neurological speciality would be a valuable adjunct. They can guide you on appropriate positioning to limit further traction stress to the brachial plexus as well as appropriate gentle Range of motion activities to prevent a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis).

I am sorry that you are suffering with an unanticipated side effect of surgery. It really is true that no surgery is "routine." Every surgery has inherent risks.

Time will be in your favor. The truism of a traction injury is that it takes time for the nerve bundle to recover. Time.

We are here to support you and to help elevate your spirits. Each of us here, in our own way, is contending with a health speed bump. We are here to help each other.
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