Hi all! I am a new member and am hoping for some feedback from those of you who've experienced C5 palsy after decompression surgery.
I was diagnosed with DDD in June of 2010. I had severe cord compression and ended up with an ACDF on c5-6. Since then, I have had 3 additional surgeries; Posterior Foraminotomy in October of 2011 and then a follow up of another ADCF on C6-7. 4 weeks ago I had a Posterior Decompression on 3-4 and 4-5. I am 46 years old.
When I woke up from this last surgery, I could not move my right arm. After a little bit of time, I was able to move it from the elbow to the hand, but had very little control of the upper arm. I was diagnosed with C5 palsy. The surgeon said it can take a while for this to heal on it's own. 4 weeks later, I am seeing a very slight improvement, but still find my right arm pretty useless. I will be seeing a neurologist for an EMG soon.
My question is has anyone else experienced C5 palsy and if so, how long did it take to fully recover. The other question is has anyone applied for permanent disablility for cervical DDD? I am in constant pain with numbness in my arms. I also have a permanent bruise on my cord from when I had the compression issue in 2010. This results in hyper reflexia and some difficulty from time to time with dragging my right foot. I have taken a few falls because of it.
Any thoughts, comments, ANYTHING, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!