Mother (age 60, not in best of shape) had 4-level cervical fusion (C3-C7) 7 weeks ago. After surgery: lacked motor control & very weak to the point of unable to walk. Still in a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility full-time. Getting near daily physical therapy. SLOWLY regaining strength, endurance, fine-motor skills, and range of motion; however, it is INCREDIBLY SLOW. Seems to have C5 palsy that prevents her from being able to lift one arm even up to shoulder level. Reports pain in her shoulders. The longer this takes, the less hope and more stress she has. I am concerned about her mental state as her current physical state is WAY worse than pre-surgery. Is this normal for a 60-year old in her shape? Is there hope to recover back to normal or semi-normal state? The surgeon doesn't promise anything. We know he can't, but knowing that it has been done before would be reassuring.
Oddly she didn't have pain pre-surgery. Surgery was to solve hand numbness and coldness (assumed caused by 4 degenerated discs). Didn't have regular pain pre-surgery; although, did have an episode of lightening-like pain down both arms one time. Ortho Surgeon reported during surgery, there was a bleed that took them over an hour to stop and that there were some "signal changes" on the neuro-monitoring system. But they consider the surgery successful.