| | Arthritis symptoms after surgery?
This is my first time posting to this board. I am three weeks post-op for cervical fusion surgery due to degenerative disc disease. The neck is improving steadily, however, I am suddenly having trouble with my hands and wrists. My finger joints (the big, middle joints) have become very swollen and pink during the last two weeks. My wrists are also achy and stiff. These are new symptoms for me (I had been experiencing some numbness prior to surgery that is improving). Has anyone here heard of developing arthritis after surgery? Could it be related? I am baffled and don't know what to do for it. I doubt this is pertinent, but my surgeon said that my white blood count was a little low before the surgery. He said I should have it checked again at some point. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I can't believe that I am up in middle of the night because of achy hands and not my neck.
DDD, 8/15/03ACF c5-6 w/plating