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History of spinal fusion surgery. Loss of strength in arm and leg. Jaw numbness. Suggestions?

in 2003 i had spinal fusion surgery C5/C6. i have had significant size and strength loss to my left arm and leg (varied by as much as a full inch). today i suffered a partial paralysis of both arms after lifting boxes in the garage and also a numbness to the entire upper jaw. the entire event lasted less than thirty minutes but has me freaked out. i am 44 years old and do not want to be paralyzed. can you offer any suggestions?
Asked On : Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

The most likely possibility in your case could be a transient ischemic attack- TIA. In this condition, the blood supply to a part of brain is reduced for a short period of time. This is more likely to occur in presence of risk factors such as diabetes, high BP, cholesterol, smoking, etc. You may get screened for these risk factors.

Cervical spine problems may lead to weakness of both arms, but the numbness of jaw can not occur with spinal problem.

You may consult a neurologist for evaluation.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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