Can Cervical Myelopathy prevent me from building muscle mass

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Can Cervical Myelopathy prevent me from building muscle mass

Postby Kay2 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:57 pm

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?

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Re: Can Cervical Myelopathy prevent me from building muscle mass

Postby Tom Plamondon PA-C » Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:05 pm

Nerve tissue can heal therefore muscle mass can improve.
It is important to continue strengthening program.
Even small gains in strength and function are noteworthy.
Don't quit now.

Take care.
Tom Plamondon PA-C, PT

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