I'm new to this forum and have some questions.
First, a little brief history, I've recently had ACDF, two levels on my neck 7 weeks ago.
About three weeks ago, my thumbs started doing what I've found on the internet, I think, called "trigger thumb." Is that the start of OA? My right thumb is the worst, I'm sure because I'm right handed, but the pain is awful. I've now been just avoiding using my thumb in ways that'll trigger my thumb to sort of pop out of joint, then pop right back in. It feels like it's on fire every time it does it. And of course it's doing the routine things, opening a doorknob, unbuckling a seat belt, putting my hair in a ponytail. Man, I feel like I'm falling apart suddenly!
Can my new problem with my thumbs be in any way related to my cervical problems that just were worked on? I have my eight-week follow-up next Tuesday with my NS and plan on talking to him about it but I really need some relief. Ibuprofen doesn't seem to do much at all and of course the Flexeril I'm still taking for my neck don't affect the new pain.
Any suggestions/advice would help, as I don't have a clue what's really going on.
Thank you in advance.