I had a C6-C7 fusion (mid april 09) after I had tremendous pain radiate down the left arm and forarm and tingling in index and middle finger. That heavy dull pain went away in a couple of weeks but the weakness and atrophy persisted in the left tricep and arm and even latisimus muscles of the back. I the had surgery about 3 months after the onset of dic herniation. I still have atrophy and kind of a "dent or hole" where part of my triceps is still missing. It has gotten better and stronger but still I am very week on the left side. I was a competive athlete so i monitor my strength closely. Does anybody have any idea if these nerves can be permanantly damaged and thus will never be able to be back to normal. I am lifting weights several days a week and noticed increased strength but still not very much. Thanks for any thoughts or advice.