I am now 5 weeks post op for Posterior Micro-D without fusion.
Still no improvement in strength, not a bit. I kept myself in check until now, but the arm still feels very heavy, weak, and slow. I have been in the gym almost daily, working as hard as I can on this, lots of reps and low weights, and slowly building the weights up to the maximum i could do without pain. My right arm is now super buff, but the left one refuses to gain an ounce of muscle over the areas of atrophy. I didn't check it for a couple weeks, worked real hard, eating good, exercising and even jogging now. Then checked in the mirror and the wasted muscles are no different than day 1. But holy heck is my normal arm ripped, i suppose its kinda funny in a way.
Is it time to get realistic and face facts that this will not reverse? I understand that it takes time, but the fact that is not improving at all makes me think that time won't make much difference in such a case. Especially at my age, i thought after over a month i would be making some real progress.
I've found a lot of information on the net about nerves healing, and muscles recovering, but it seems in reality, and in this forum, a lot of people lost muscle and it never came back. This confuses me... how come it didn't come back for us spineys, but on the net there is so much information about nerves sprouting and regenerating and healing shrunken muscles by reconnecting them? Is there something different about spineys?
By the way, if anyone wants info about nerves, I have so much research i could probably write a book, so let me know and i can probably forward you info about specific questions you may have. Ironically though, i have not been able to answer my own questions.
Thanks guys, I hope everyone else is healing well.