In a nutshell: I have left arm radiculopathy due to c5/c6 disk herniation. It's only to the left side so my doc suggested to try a posterior foraminotomy. Yes, there is a 5-10% chance I'll need a fusion down the road, but 90-95% chance this will fix it.
I'm a 30 year old, female weightlifter and while I had to cut back a lot on training over the last 6 months I believe I am still in pretty good shape and very healthy. I'm nervous about he recovery because it sounds like it will at least add another 3 months of no lifting...
Over the last month, while waiting for surgery approval (8/19 is the day), my symptoms have improved quite a bit. I still have weakness in my arm and esp. shoulder but I can sleep and do many activities again, such as rowing, however, intensity is way lower than it used to and I guess part of it may be mental.
Every now and then my shoulder, elbow,and wrist hurt. Also I have some triceps pain. My shoulder range of motion is still limited. If I wasn't a weightlifter is probably cancel surgery. But I need my sport back in my life.
I wonder if the fact that my symptoms are already improving, this might impact my recovery positively?! I understand the first 6 weeks to be recovery for the sutures more than the condition but has anyone experienced a rapid recovery? When can you start body weight movements such as airsquats, planks, push ups, pullups etc? My doc said light activity is allowed after 6 weeks - would you (who had this procedure) agree with that? Btw, my surgeon follows the protocol of an athlete for me.
I understand everyone is different but I am interested in your stories with a ONE LEVEL CERVICAL POSTERIOR FORAMINOTOMY!
Radiculopathy left arm
Posterior foraminotomy 8/19/2014