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ACDF surgery/ C5 nerve palsy/ no arm movement @ shoulder

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
On 09/20/08, I had the ACDF surgery of C4/C5/C5/C6,C6/C7, and the surgery seems to have been succesful for my neck, my C5 nerve has been left inoperative and I cannot raise my arm from the shoulder. I've been told this should heal itself in 3-6 months but am seeing no improvement of the arm other than in the forearm, hand and elbow.
Anyone with similar experience or just words of encouragement. I'm 66, male and healthy and active and this has knocked me for a loop.


  • Hi, I'm new here. I'll do an intro tonight, but Ithink I know what's going on with your shoulder.

    I am not a doctor and I can't givve medical advice, but I was an x-ray tech 15 years, and sometimes doctors tell me more about what's going on once they know I speak the language.

    I have had fusions at c5-6 (1996) and c6-7 (2001) and I lost some feeling each time. When they found another rupture at c-4,5 in 2005, the doctor told me he would have to go in the back of my neck because of all the scarring from the other two surgeries.

    He also told me that when there is a fusion done at c-4,5
    (part of what you had) that there will be a frozen shoulder on the side treated for at least 6 months. He said it just wouldn't move, but that it would come back.

    I decided I would see if I could move to a dry climate and avoid the surgery for a while. (Losing my voice for 9 months due to a paralyzed vocal cord after the second surgery was enough for me.) It's been three years, and I shouldn't have waited, I guess.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.

    Lisa (Titch's mom)

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