Is this spinal related or arthrtis??
I have had 2 cervical spinal fusions in C-5-6 and C-6-7. I am know experiencing extreme stiffness and pain/swelling in my joints, mostly my left hand. When I awake, my hand is so stiff I cannot flex it at all. On a pain level of 0-10, it is a 10. I have a sharp pain that radiates up to my wrist as well. I am not sure if this is arthrtis or a sign of another disc problem. I have degenerative disc disease with stenosis and all the other stuff that comes with it.
My question is this: Has anyone experienced these symptoms? They are the worst upon awakening and ease up after about an hour. When I sleep or wake up, both hands are numb all the way up to (almost) the elbows with tingling. I am so scared that this is disc related, or I may have RA.
Any advice or help would be appreciated!