I just had a posterior cervical foraminotomy with revision fusion at C5-6 and fusion at C4-5. Prior to surgery I only had slight numbness in half my index finger and half my thumb. My thumb eventually improved where I only had numbness in my index finger.
After surgery in recovery a awoke and noticed that my right arm was not responding to my commands and it was numb from my shoulder to my fingertips. My doc didn't realize how bad it was and initially thought it was minor. I kept calling and explaining loss of function. My doc was on vacation. I met with the PA who seemed somewhat shocked and kept repeating nuero testing. I have lost about 75% of my strength and my arm does not respond to my commands. I have not had a stroke but it acts like I have with a mind of its own. Their plan is to see me every 3 weeks for assessment.
My orthopedic surgeon does not want to do any neuro testing for about 4 more weeks but I think it is important to set a baseline so that we will be able to determine how and if I improve. He thinks that there was a big nerve stretch at C5 that resulted in this temporary nerve damage or "paralysis". I have an appoitment next week with a neurosurgeon for an eval and will see what he recommends. I don't want to sit around for weeks not doing anything and find out that I could have preserved function if I had done exercises.
I am terrified that I will be paralyzed and that I am disabled