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Old 12-18-2017, 10:53 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by Peter24 View Post
Thanks Jastek, if found your post very helpful in a better education of my issue. I had Posterior surgery a week ago. Right cervical three four five Hemilaminectomy, foraminotomy. (no fusion) 60 year old male.
While in recovery I found no use of my right deltoid. Since Im new to C5 Palsy I would be interested in anyone’s experiences. Are exercises useful in the regrowth of the nerves or is it more to keep from getting a frozen shoulder. I read one white paper that talked about the use of steroids, has that been useful for anyone? Also the fact that i had no fusion, positive for rehab?
Peter24 - The exercises really serve the main purpose of keeping your muscles from atrophying and retraining the muscles as they get reinervated. In a small way, they also help the nerves grow. The muscle activity creates electrical signals that help guide the nerves to grow back through their original path.

Steroids are usually only used as an initial treatment to prevent swelling, which can minimize the damage to the nerves. I have not heard of using steroids as an on-going treatment. I would be interested in reading the article.

I don't think your lack of a fusion helps your recovery much. Your recovery is all about nerve regeneration and a fusion (or not) should not impact the nerve's ability to re-grow.

Good luck on your recovery !!
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:47 PM   #52
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It has been 3.5 months since my cervical fusion of C4-5, C5-6 plus plates and screws. Woke up from surgery with my left deltoid and Lt shoulder completely paralyzed. Arm was normal before. Had surgery to stabilized my neck so this would never happen. Was never informed this was a possibility.
Since surgery I have been in intense PT. After doing 100's of exercises every day, my arm is about 70% improved. Can now raise my arm 60% up towards my head. Arm still very weak. Can not hold much weight.
This has thrown me emotionally and mentally. I had a job in nursing when this all started. Right now I don't know if I will be able to return.
Still have nerve pain in Lt upper arm, especially when I try to cut gabapentin back.
Today was my last day of going to PT. Will still have to do many exercises at home, trying to get my arm back. There no guarantees.
Since Sept I have talked to many Dr's and they have never heard of this.
It does not happen often.
I feel it will take several more months of PT at home to get my arm back if possible. Very discouraging.
So happy I can read other people who had this surgery.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:15 PM   #53
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Im 3 months into C5 PALSY, my story sounded similar to Tim's. starting with no movement in my right shoulder and arm I now have full range of motion but my rear deltoid is still not firing at all, and still have some weakness in my bicep. My question for any of you is do you have a tightness where you have the palsy? My shoulder feels like its held down by rubber bands that always wants to force it back to its resting position. My arm after I lift 5 pounds 10 times feels like i just did 100 curls with heavy weights, the arm becomes very tight. Thank you and good luck to all
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:21 PM   #54
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That is the way my deltoids feel also. Mainly in rear deltoids. Feels like tight burning, similar to what it feels like when you are lifting weights to the point they start burning. That's because some of the nerve fibers are not firing, so the muscle that is firing has to work harder.
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