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c5 nerve palsy prior & post 4 level ACDF

templezoottemplezoo Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
C3-C7 fused, crushed c5 nerve. I am 3 months post op from surgery, slowly regaining use of my right arm, have a dead spot from my waist to my shoulder for movement, able to straight arm lift ltems, but unable to bend arm when I have an object in my hand. Doctor says its the nerve, muscles just not getting the signal, that should heal in time. Disability was only 13 weeks, already ran out, can't afford $ for physical therapy. I've been looking all over the internet for exercises I can do at home, but have been unable to find anything, anyone with suggestions?
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  • Hi. I'm 52 years old, 3 weeks post op following a C3 - C6 fusion, C5 palsy and Post- op infection. My biceps and deltoids are completely shot and i have a lot of "phantom" nerve pain in my arms. If you haven't seen them, there are a few exercises here http://sehati.org/index/patientresources/patientdocuments/exercisesfordeltoidpalsy.html. Unfortunately, the materials I get from PT are copyrighted and I must confess that I'm a bit reluctant to suggest any exercise generically without someone trained assisting you. If there is any way to continue PT I couldn't recommend it enough. If not, hang in there. As you have probably seen, the prognosis is generally good but severe cases tend to resolve closer to 6 months and most docs won't do anything until 6-9 months. I'll come back and post any insights that I may gain as I travel on this journey with you. Meanwhile, I'll just suggest that you keep as active as you can comfortably tolerate. Keep the faith, there's lots of us working to regain our lives with you.
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