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?