Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

myelopathy and weakness after C5 C6 fusion

grandmesamomggrandmesamom Posts: 181
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am looking for input and experiences with cervical myelopathy and continued arm weakness. I am almost 4 months post op after a spinal cord compression left untreated for 5 months caused by a central disc herniation. I was told my symptoms would be halted and should not get any worse. I feel my left arm weakness is worse than before surgery! It is now into my wrist and I have severe trouble with my motor skills. I am in rehab which makes the pain worse.
I talked to the NS about it and he stated I fixed your cord compression and you are too anxious for this to get better. He told me it will take a long long time for you to recover. The physical therapist told me not to expect a full recovery.
Does it always get worse before it get s better. The pain is controlled with meds but the weakness is driving me mad. The more i use it,the worse it gets.The NS tells me it's probably muscle fatigue and he feels I am better than before surgery. Anyone have trouble with this before? I am very frustrated!!!
Thanks for you input, Bethy


  • Bethy,
    I too have cervical myelopothy, C5/6
    The one thing you must know, You are NOT alone. I am here for you There are a few of us on the sight, I’m sure they will introduce them selves. Bethy there is no why I can sugar coat this, you are in this for the long term, Every little bit of progress will take work, it will take every drop of energy and progress will be slow coming, never give up. Scale back your expectations and mostly keep your self occupied


    A little back ground;
    I’m a 48yrs old male, I have: cervical myelopothy; moderate to severe pain everyday of my life for the past 12 years,
    I was diagnosed with: cervical myelopothy, sever stinosis in the neck, and severe D.D.D ,
    At 37 I had to have a lamanectomy from C3 to C7 inclusive, do to herniated discs, affecting my spinal cord. The doctors have made it very clear that there is real nothing left to try, medically. Which means this is it…..
    Presently I can not feel with my hands, no sensation, I have pain from my head to my toes. I have been on every type of pain medication and all stopped working after a while
    Now I take Lyrica and and medical marijuana
    (My advice to the world ,” acceptance, never give up, keep your self occupied . get psychological help, just to put things into prospective. Try to smile)
Sign In or Register to comment.