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c5 palsy/arm drop?

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  • Hello all,
    48 yrs old. Had ACDF C4-C6 almost 5 months ago. Woke up in recovery with no use of right arm except hand. Still no bicep or shoulder muscles at this time. My surgeons said not to bother with an EMG because it is obvious the C5 nerve is not working. Post surgery MRI shows there is still "tightness" in the foramin and that a foraminotomy is an option. I am told this option would be painful, carries its own risks and does not guarantee any results.

    I have thankfully been able to go back to my job but it is quite physical work and I am always in pain. Just as before the surgery the pain keeps me awake at night. I have just started to realize that I am going to be living with this for a long time if not permanently .

    So my question to anyone is.. How to live with C5 Palsy? Because of my job my shoulder and elbow get quite sore so I have been thinking of getting an elbow brace that restricts hyperextension and a shoulder brace for support. Has anyone tried this? Has it helped? Any product recommendations? Any suggestions for helpful exercises or exercises to avoid? Any other suggestions?

    Thank you
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 05/21/2014 - 11:05 AM
    this is an old thread, for the best responses and support i suggest you make a new post, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.

    welcome to spine-health and how to get started here


    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • I have excruciating shoulder pain from delayed c5 palsy that happened 2 days after posterior fusion fr pm c3 to t1. Will this pain go away and what pain medication works for this. I think it is nerve pain.
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    this is a old thread, for best support and information i suggest you make a new thread in introductions, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.

    https://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I am a female 60 years of age. I have been diagnosed with C-5 palsy (left arm).
    The palsy started before my actual surgery. The shoulder to the elbow first lost use. After surgery the elbow to the wrist lost use. I am 4 weeks post op with very little improvement. I am not sure of what my exact procedure was. However I did have 4 disks that were herniated after a visit to the chiropractor. With in 45 minutes I was in excruciating pain!! The pain radiated not down my neck, but from the left side base of neck over the top of the shoulder down the arm!
    After a horrible experience at the ER with nothing to relieve the pain they sent me home after 7 hours! with no pain meds! My blood pressure on the high number over 230! On a normal day my blood pressure is perfect! The ER doc had written pain med prescriptions, but we don't have a 24 hour pharmacy here, so I had to wait till the next day to get it filled. While at the ER there were no blood tests, no xrays, no tests of any kind!
    The next day went to reg md he too adjusted my neck and no tests, xrays, etc.. sent me home. ??
    Two days later woke up left arm paralyzed shoulder to elbow. Even with pain meds they were keeping the pain to bearable. Thinking I was having a stroke went to different ER, gave me something for the pain (Dylotin) , took me in for MRI, found 4 herniated disks and was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease. Took a week to get into Neurosurgeon. He then scheduled me for emergency surgery the next day. I don't' know the name of procedure he did. I just know disks 3,4,5,6 and 4 hours in surgery. When I woke after surgery my left arm from elbow to wrist is paralyzed. Still in horrible excruciating pain, from the C-5 Root Nerve being compressed! The C-5 Root Nerve was compressed for 10 days! I had that pain for 33 days!
    I am 4 weeks post op., minimal improvement of left arm.. I am keeping the joints loose with pulley and seeing a Physical Therapist.. at this point PT really can't do anything, cause my arm just doesn't work. I still have lots of pain in the arm itself. Nerves are still pretty angry I think.. Some days the pain is bearable, other days unbearable! Sleeping is a challenge, seems pain is worse at night.
    My husband I are avid fisher people and RV'er. This has put a halt to everything!
    I am looking into a personal injury lawyer. The first hospital I went to dropped the ball and did NOTHING for me. If they had at least done and xray or MRI I might not be paralyzed today. As for the chiropractor? Yes he is the one that started this.. however neither of us knew I had degenerative disk disease.. I have been going to this Chiropractor for 11 years and never had any problems with my neck!
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