I am new to spine health and blogs in general so please bear with me. I had posterior cervical foraminotomy on 12/22 with a revision fusion at C5-6 and fusion at C4-5. My only significant symptom before surgery was slight numbness on half my index finger and half my thumb, off and on. But after surgery I awoke to feel as though I had had a stroke. My right arm is very weak and does not follow my commands. Currently it is about 30% the strength it was and I keep knocking things off etc because it is not working. My doc said he thought it would be worse because it was so tight to do get to where he needed but I am scared to death that I am now disabled with a right arm that does not work. I cannot even raise my arm enough to be able to brush my hair. He is telling me to just wait 6-8 weeks and he expects it to resolve but that is not something I am comfortable with. I don't want to sit by and watch my limited function drop off. He never told me about this before surgery.
Does anyone know about this problm. It is bizarre...my right arm is numb through the shoulder deltoid. I cannot even pick a notebook up. Should I be thinking about asking for an EMG less than a week post op. I actually need to have some assistance in doing my daily functions. I am now disabled amd don't know what to do and am hoping that someone will be able to help me.