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Tip Of Finger Is Numb
Tip of finger is numb like asleep tingling feeling its been a week now there is a small green spot in the nail what do i do? Used a splint 4 a week
Accidentally sliced finger two days ago. Now tip of finger feels numb. Is this normal......It also feels stiff?
Joint pain in hands 7 wks now tips of fingers constantly numb/tingle in one hand. Neg for lupus and rheum arth. Nerve issue?
I was installing drywall last thursday 2/23/12 and ran a screw into my finger. The screw entered my finger about a half of an inch since then the tip of my finger is numb
A : A screw is different from other objects that puncture because of its threads. The threads are designed to bite and hold the material. In the case of a finger, it will grab and twist whatever is in its path. You probably twisted and likely tore the nerve to the finger tip, called a digital nerve. Depending on where it entered your finger, you may have hit one or both of the main nerves. Out toward the tip, however, the nerves divide into 3 main branches and many smaller branches. There are 3 main classes of nerve injuries: 1. Neurapraxias--these injuries involve compression, stretching, or bruising of the nerve, but the fibers are intact. The nerve can recover, usually within 3 months. 2. Axonotmesis--the main nerve is intact, but the inner fibers (axons) are broken. The fibers have to regrow. They take a month to get started and grow about 1mm/day or around 1 inch per month. On the finger, recovery is usually within 3-4 months, but it may not be "normal" again. 3. Neurotmesis--the whole nerve is broken. The nerve will have to regrow, but may get "lost" and form a ball of painful nerve endings, called a neuroma. In the finger, there are a lot of places the nerve can go, so it doesn't always get lost, but there is also very little tissue to pad the area if a neuroma does develop. The best way to know the extent of injury is to see a hand surgeon. Some nerve injuries will do better with early repair, usually less than 2 weeks after injury. Some injuries are unrepairable or do not require repair. Some can be reconstructed later if problems develop. More importantly, this is considered a dirty wound. If you have not had your tetanus vaccine updated within 5 years, you should get a new one. The wound also should be carefully cleaned and monitored for infection. Sometimes a short (usually 3 day) course of antibiotics can prevent infection. ...Read more
I severed the tendon in my pinky a month ago. I have to have surgery but canr right now of financial situation. But the tip my pointer finger is numb?
Tendon injury: The compartment in your finger are very small. Along the lateral aspects run the nerve bundle that supply sensation to the finger tip. Any injury/irritation to the nerve bundle, swelling can result in the symptoms you are experiencing. The ultimate treatment is surgery to fix the tendon and the nerve if it was damaged along with the tendon. ...Read more
May be serious.: May beneurologic secondaryto abnormality in the function of the peripheral nerves; might be vascular and secondary to poor circulation, including possible decreased circulation to the hear. You should have this numbness cjecked out be your doctor, who may refer you to a neurologist or cardiologist or other specialist. ...Read more
Carpal tunnel?: Most commonly, acquired carpal tunnel syndrome associated with computer keyboarding can be experienced. Also, leaning on the elbows frequently, can cause ulnar nerve compression. Since numbness over the fingertips bilaterally may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency or diabetes, best to have your physician check this out if it persists. ...Read more