Re: Left Arm Weaker After Surgery - Help
I lost most of the strength in my left biceps a few years ago, and the problem was cleared up by a simple foraminotomy, I think at C5.
Try "making a muscle" with your right arm and then with your left. Is there a very big difference between how well the left and right sides firm up? Try something else, like letting your left arm hang down and then lifting it straight out in front. Trouble doing that might indicate denervation of a shoulder muscle, which could be on the same nerve as the biceps.
While I understand that recovery from such a major surgery must be expected to take a LONG time, still, after seven months, I wouldn't think that anything should be getting WORSE.
It would be nice to know if you've got foraminal blockage at - or adjacent to - C5, but I wonder if an MRI could even show it, given all the hardware you must have in your neck...
Last edited by WebDozer; 06-18-2012 at 04:49 PM.