I am 12 weeks post op ACDF surgery at C 4/5 and the last few weeks, out of the blue I have been waking up with my hands feeling and looking extremely swollen, especially in knuckle region. I feel like I have arthritis but I don't. Even the tendons on the top of my hands hurt. Sometimes they hurt so bad in the middle of the night that the pain wakes me up and I can barely close my hands into a fist. I also experience numbness on the side of my hands and ring finger.
Has anyone experienced this after surgery? I didn't have it before, so I am a bit concerned. Husband thinks it could be from my pain meds but I have never heard of Percocet or muscle relaxers causing this.
Any input is appreciated.
P.S sometimes my feet and ankles feel the same way, especially first thing in the morning when I walk to the bathroom. I can barely put any weight on my feet.