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Legs and hands stopped working after surgery at C2-C3 level?

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My wife was operated for removal of tumur from spine at C2 C3 level on 3rd December,2013. After four hours of surgery her legs and hands stopped working and in mid night her breathing also stopped and she was put on ventilator for almost one month. Her terquostame tube was removed after 3 months. After three months there was a little movement in her hand fingurs and than slowly the movement started in legs also. Now she has power of 2 in lkegs and 3 in hands. At the same time she is having sever neck pain. This pain is very sever and shoots up for a movement from right ear to brain for a short period. She complains of pain in throat and do not aloow any thing to touch her front portion of neck below chin.

Please guide us how much time she will take to recover.

Best regards,


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Expert:  Dr. Sudhir Kumar replied 4 Days.

Hello. Thank you for posting your query at Doctorspring.com
I have noted your wife's symptoms, and am glad to note that she is slowly recovering.
The cause of her weakness and numbness in arms and legs, is cervical spinal cord injury. This injury could have happened either because of the tumor or due to surgery.
The extent of tissue damage can be seen on the MRI report. If you have that, please send it.
As of now, the treatment consists of physiotherapy, exercises and rehabilitation.
Recovery period varies, however, it continues for upto two years.
I hope it helps.
If you have the MRI report, please upload the details on the follow up, and i can assist you further.
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist,
Institute of Neurosciences,
Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad- 500 033, India

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Patient replied :

Dear sir,
Please go to www.dropbox.com to see MRI reports. Login nit_107@yahoo.co.in and the password is 123456.

Expert:  Dr. Sudhir Kumar replied 3 Days.

Thank you for writing to us again.
I have gone through the case details and MRI reports.
The injury seems to be related to the tumor as well as the surgery. Improvement would continue to occur with physiotherapy and exercises.
For the neuropathic pain, she can be started on pregabalin or gabapentin capsules.
Best wishes,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist,
Institute of Neurosciences,
Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills,
Hyderabad- 500 033, India

Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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