I had one neck fusion 1994 C5-6 and then last year Feb due to no apparent trauma or reason; got excruciating pain down right side of neck, into arm and numbness in thumb, forefinger and ring finger. After much research and evaluation had to have fusion on C4 thru C7 last August. Still have intermittent pain and recovering; anterior metal plate for the 3 levels with 8 screws. The 1994 fusion is a titanium cage still in position. I still have the numbness in right hand and am wondering if there is any hope that the feeling will return and is there anything I can do to help the regeneration or return of the feeling; any new treatments, etc. I also had carpal tunnel done last June as nerve tests were showing nerve issues from neck and carpal tunnel (double crush). The carpal tunnel surgery did nothing for removing hand numbness. Any thoughts on treatments for numbness?
Numbness is one of the last nerve functions to return (other than motor strength). If the time has been greater than one year since the surgical decompression, the chance of return of function diminishes greatly. Rarely, an incomplete decompression of the foramen can cause continuing numbness and if a pseudoarthrosis (lack of fusion) develops, resultant spur formation can also cause foraminal stenosis.