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Old 10-31-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Help! Really need advice on arm function loss

I am hoping that someone could please give me some advice. It will be exactly a year last week since my posterior C3-T2 laminectomy, foramanectomy and fusion. Prior to the surgery, I was able to do a limited bicep curl with the left arm. I had the surgery due to nerve compression in the left arm from the C3 to C6 area. I felt the nerve was getting somewhat stronger in the left arm but then this past April and May I lost the ability to do any type of bicep curl when standing. I can do it from a sitting position. Also, I am finding that I am unable to turn my arm palm up when I cross it across my body. I am also experiencing weakness in the tricep. It is only these isolated movements that I have lost. Is it possible to have some level of function and lose it 6 months after surgery? I am so stressed out by this. It doesn't appear to be getting any worse but I am so nervous that I may have some sort of progressive neurological disease. In the meantime, my right arm is getting a bit stronger. I noticed that the weakness is more pronounced when my muscles are in spasm. My doctor is sending me to a physiologist but I am scared to death. What could possibly be happening? Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Help! Really need advice on arm function loss

Possible that one or more spinal nerves has become "tethered", that is, it is being pulled backward by the expanding sinal canal (because of the laminectomy), but can't move backward because of foraminal narrowing. You need a new MRI, and you need it now...

 
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