Bicep and Shoulder Paralysis


I am 29 years I am very healthy, I am  a weight lifter,  never had an injury or back/neck problems. 3 months ago I woke up with a kink in my neck, turning my head side to side was limited and there was a tight and sharp pain in my right trap.  I decided to go to the gym to loosen it up followed by a massage.  That night I began starting to loose movement in my shoulder and bicep and there was swelling in my right trap area. 

The next day I completely lost contraction of my bicep and my shoulder. I lost contraction to which I could not curl my own arm or lift my arm up from my side, but I had grip strength and tricep strength. After seeing 5 different doctors and getting 5 different MRIs two spinal surgeons said that I have a pinched nerve at my c4-c6 and my only option was a spinal fusion.  After seeing a few more specialists and chiropractors nothing was getting better and a month later I decided to get the c4-c6 fusion. 

I'm now 1 month post op. My neck is completely healed. I'm doing all normal movements , and had a X-ray and my neck is already starting to fuse. 

Bad news is I still have paralysis in my bicep and in my shoulder, from surgery it probably realistically approved by 3%. The worst part of this is as well is my right bicep and shoulder have gone through horrific muscle waisting. My right shoulder and bicep are now 50% smaller than my left side. 

I've gone through a complete physical change and lifestyle change. Because of this and my paralysis caused me to not be able to lift weights or go to the gym. I have lost 50lbs and my body looks lop-sided because of the muscle waisting. 

I'm young, again I'm 29, I'm healthy, I heal very fast. Because of all this my spine surgeon said physical therapy will not help you, and that this is a waiting game. Problem with that is how long do I go until I take another route, will it be too late where my nerves will die? Could it be another issue?

What can I expect here? Could it be something else causing my paralysis? Is there anything I can do to get my bicep and shoulder back? Are there any medical treatments I can look into? 

I'm literally willing to do anything at this point as this is affecting my whole life and my relationships. 

Thanks very much to whom ever can help! 


  • Hi bverkerke!

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    At the time you wrote this you were 1 mo. post op. How are you doing now? I am really curious to know if it was the pinched nerves and still needing to heal.

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