I've been diagnosed with moderate acute superimposed on chronic left C7 radiculopathy, as well as low-grade C6 impingement. I also have osteophytes & DDD at C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7, as well as moderate to severe left and bilateral foraminal stenosis at those sites. Confirmed by MRI, EMG, and clinical examination. I have some (not debilitating) pain, left hand numbness, and left tricep weakness. My most severe symptom, though, and the one that has the surgeon anxious, is severe atrophy of my left pectoral muscle. The acute injury happened on 8/11/10, the result of a chiropractic adjustment, but I've had chronic chest weakening for about 5 years.
My question is this: has anyone here ever recovered from muscle atrophy?
Skimming the forums I see plenty of people have had pain relief, but I haven't seen anyone yet get muscle back. The EMG doc postulated since nerves only grow 1mm/day it might be a year before my pec is innervated again, if I have the surgery. All the docs have told me the nerve is damaged & that surgery should be soon to avoid it being permanent. But I don't want it unless there's a very good chance of that muscle coming back. I'd be more inclined to do it if it were just C6-C7, but the surgeon recommends C4-C7 fusion.
I'll try to attach an MRI slice at C6-C7: