Hand weakness after posterior cervical laminectomy

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   Posted 8/26/2018 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had loss of strength in fingers, wrists and hands since my surgery Aug 8. What is causing this and will my strength return? I had some weakness in the left hand prior to surgery, but not to this extent. Now I am concerned about this recent development.

Surgery covered C6-T1. Anyone have any encouraging words for me?


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   Posted 8/26/2018 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you call & talk to the surgeon's nurse in the morning. She can relay to the dr what is going on & get back with you. With new symptoms or worsening symptoms the dr needs to address this. He may say it's normal, I just don't know. Better to be safe than sorry.

I did respond to your other thread about the difficulty sleeping & the horrible pain you are dealing with. You mentioned back surgery in October. I would not consider another surgery until you are in better shape, that's too much surgery too soon.

Take care.
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   Posted 8/27/2018 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Any new weakness or progressive weakness should be relayed to your treating neurosurgeon. Straydog is guiding you well in encouraging you to place a call into your neurosurgeon. Do not feel that you are somehow “bothering” your physician. He/she will want to know.

I remember your prior post, as you clarified the meaning of your cervical myelopathy. Spinal cord compression.

Post-operative swelling and increased intra-thecal pressure of the spinal fluid may be at play causing increased weakness. Your physician would need to see you to make an accurate assessment.

Were you prescribed any steroid after surgery to reduce central nervous fluid pressure? Decadron (dexamethasone) is commonly prescribed post-op.

Let us know how you are doing. Know that we care.
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