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C6-C7 fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

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.

Justin Reed


  • I have the same level as you & cancelled the fusion surgery trying to ride it out..I can tell you that I have permanent nerve damage & my left tricep does not fire, the surgeon had told me that I may never get the strength back.

    I hope this isnt the case for you..
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