Been 16 days since my lamanectomy with no fusion. Have a lot of weakness in right hand wrist ,forearm, tricept, bicep,chest and shoulder. I'm extremely concerned, because this wasnt the case prior to surgery. The bone spurs had flattened the nerve exiting c5-6 like a pancake. The Dr. sais there is a chance i might not ever get all my strength back but probable. Talk about leaving the door open!
The nerve was damaged 8 yrs. ago and then the spurs started to grow. I was able to maintain an function with 2 x's a week deep tissue therapy and chyro adjustments this past year. Apparently too good because my Dr. said i let it go too long.
He along with 4 other Dr's wanted to fuse 5-6, 6-7. After surgery he indicated that even if he fused from the front , he would still have to do the posterior lamanectomy do to the bone spurring he wouldn't be able to reach from the anterior fusion. He was amazed that i was able to even function as i was able this long after seing the pancaked nerve.
Now he tells me to be patient which i understand but it has totally hit me by surprise that i may lose some permanent muscle function. Anyone had similar situation and then how long till the muscles came back? I have numbness also in thumb and index finger along with a patch on my forearm and tricep. Why in the world am i ending up with loss of muscle function when it was hardly noticeable before, since all he did is make more room for the nerve and relieved the pressure? He sais he didnt touch the nerve but did explain how difficult it was to get at. I own a house painting business and am a proffesional drummer and have 3 little children. All i can do is hope. Im off pain pills. I just dont have any strength even in flexing my right arm muscles. Feels scary.