I experienced a herniated disc in my neck (C6-C7) that caused pressure on my spinal cord. As a result, I had severe muscle wasting, altered sensation and numbness from my shoulders down. My hands were almost useless and I couldn't walk due to weakness in my legs. The symptoms were progressing so rapidly, my neurosurgeon advised surgery.
I had an anterior cervical decompression with instrumentation and fusion done 14 months ago. I saw immediate improvement in my hands and upper body, and was able to walk again using a walker. I still have a burning sensation in my lower body, for which I am taking neurontin. Despite an intense physiotherapy program and a rigorous home exercise regime (including walking, stationary bike, pilates and weights) I find I am unable to build muscle mass and that my legs have very little muscle tone. My doctor tells me I have cervical myelopathy.
My question is, could the cervical myelopathy be preventing me from acquiring muscle and becoming stronger? Am I wasting my time working out each day?