I saw my OS earlier this month for some worsening symptoms in my right arm and hand, tingling and numbness. I have had the tingling numbness and arm pain intermittently mainly in my left arm. MRI in April showed worsening DDD and bulging/herniated disks at c4 - c7., no impingment on spine. I also have RA affecting hands, knees and feet. I have another MRI scheduled next month due to the increased symptoms.
Today I woke up with swollen joints in both hands but also shooting pain in my left hand from the knuckles down all joints in all fingers. In my right hand just swollen and achy joints per normal. Was wondering if anyone else deals with this type of issue and how do you distinguish what symptoms are from what.
OS says I need a 3 level fusion but wants to postpone as long as possibe to minimize the need for further fusions down the road. On good days I think I can wait on days like today I'm not so sure.
laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched