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Deltoid muscle not working - debating surgery

cbradburnccbradburn Posts: 1
edited 09/15/2015 - 9:33 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been diagnosed with a C4-C5 herniation, stenosis and arthritis. I am unable to raise my left arm because the nerve that fires the deltoid is pinched by the herniation. My pain started about 2 months ago and was intense for the first 3 weeks. I have had PT and chiropractic treatment which did not help. I had an MRI and the surgeon recommends discectomy surgery to remove the disk. That was a week ago. In the last day or two the neck pain has dwindled considerably but I am still unable to lift my arm. This has gotten me to wondering if I should postpone the surgery and try some other treatments in the meantime. Has anyone out there had experience of the deltoid not working but eventually coming back? I am afraid of permanent damage if I wait too long.


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    Have you had an MRI/arthrogram done on your shoulder?
    I was injured at work & herniated c4/5 & also had shoulder pain. I was told my mri of my shoulder was good & the doc just gave me cortisone injections in the shoulder.
    2 years later, I'm still having bad shoulder pain. Couldn't lift my left arm up at all. The pain was so bad, especially at night while trying to sleep. I finally went to a new ortho doctor. He read my first mri report & said it says "suspicious of a tear"?
    He sent me for an arthrogram & discovered I had a full tear. I had rotator cuff surgery this past June.
    I'm not saying this is what's going on with you. But I would suggest you talk to your doctor about maybe getting some tests done on your shoulder?
    Good luck & I hope you get some answers soon.
  • [Deleted User][[Deleted User] Posts: 0
    edited 09/17/2015 - 12:12 PM
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  • Do you regret having the operation? I'm 36 and saw a neurosurgeon last week - I need surgery too, c2-c7.
    I want the pain to go but I'm scared that once I've had spinal surgery, I'll be on a journey I might not be able to stop.
    Would you do it again if you could turn the clock back?
    Kirsti x
  • Surgery is not the only option.. I am successfully recovering from C5/C6 disc herniation. See your doctor and get a second opinion if necessary. I have documented my injury and recovery. See my blog URL in my signature below.
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