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C5 Palsy after posterior laminectomy and fusion

PammariePPammarie Posts: 1
edited 12/27/2015 - 11:01 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had neck surgery in July and woke up unable to move my right arm -- and in excruciating pain from the shoulder to the hand. Supposedly the surgery went "perfect," said the surgeon. But I have been in constant pain ever since-- 100 times worse than my initial neck pain that prompted the surgery. 2nd surgery was done a month later to "fix" my arm but it didn't. An emg showed nerve damage in the deltoid and tricep.
Through the internet I discovered a name for what I have-- C5 palsy. I've been going to physical therapy and acupuncture - both 2x a week. My arm has gotten a little better but I still can't lift it above my chest. It hurts so much --- constantly. It feels like someone poured concrete into my right arm and then twisted it ten times and left it there.
Drs just want to give me narcotics for the pain and tell me it will take one to two years to know if it will be permanent. In the meantime, I'm on medical leave from my job but I'm supposed to go back to work in January. I KNOW they will not hold my job for a year or two!!
Has anyone recovered completely? Is it hopeless? I'm so depressed.


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