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What does it mean when your nerves in neck C-7 both sides are dead?

NacodasmomNNacodasmom Posts: 1
edited 06/05/2015 - 9:11 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was to have 2 fusion C-5 -C-7 surgery. After EMG and nerve conduction test it was found what looked like C-7 had pinched nerves both sides actually the nerves are dead, surgeon can't do surgery with dead nerves. She said no spark at all to work with C-5 will ne fused at a later date. Can't really find what this means online and don't see next speaclist until July. I have the lost of grasping with fingers most of the time, at night hands fall asleep badly middle finger to pinky. I also have balance problems which goes with C-7 symptoms. I have cronic neck and shoulder pain by brachial plexus route only on right side since 1997. Constantly under DR care. Haven't had a nerve conduction test to find this information in years. Apparently doesn't show up in Cat Scans and MRI. Looked pinched so did test. I'm scared to death. Not getting answers by Doctors for another month and rebuilding muscles in neck to help hold head up equals mass pain. I've never even heard of dead nerves both sides neck vertebrae before. Any one know anything?? I can only find compressed nerves. I know paraylis can be involved . I don't know how brain signals through spinal cords to C-7 are getting to other parts of the body. I hope some one can help me
Thank you


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    If you are having a new symptoms of inability to grasp with fingers and loss of balance, I would put call into doctor.

    Doctor would need to know new symptoms to assess if need for new specialist sooner? And or giving your current doctor the info so he has opportunity to assess and can instruct you.
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