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So, let's preface this by saying I'm very very clumsy, but have never, to my knowledge, broken a bone. (knock on wood!)

 

Well, several weeks ago I was at Aldi, and was trying to hurry. I realized I had forgotten to put bags on the check out counter, so I grabbed a few and went to toss them onto the conveyer belt quickly. I missed. I basically punched the side of the counter. (hand was closed/fisted almost to hold the bags). I hit with with my pinky finger. I THINK what happened is that my hand was closed, and the force shoved the finger even more closed, if that makes any sense at all. It hurt, but I finished my task and went home. Well, it's been weeks and it doesn't feel any better. Some days it feels worse. It does NOT hurt all just sitting here, Or even typing. But if I use that finger to hold something of any weight, like when I'm scooping up wet laundry out of the washer, or gripping a heavy bottle, or twisting off a lid, it hurts. Squeezing up and down the finger doesn't really hurt. But if the finger is straight,a nd you push it (gently) away from the rest of the fingers it hurts. Or pushing it down, towards the rest of the fingers, hurts. Also, my toddler tends to grab that finger when we are crossing the street or a parking lot, so has wrenched on it a bit, and that hurts. I'm kind of assuming I strained a tendon or something.  I've been avoiding going to the doctor because I don't want to pay for it (we have insurance, but have to meet the decutible before it pays for anything) and because ugh, what a pain. 

 

Also, complicating things is I need to be able to type for hours a day. So splinting or buddy taping isn't really an option for much of the day. Also, I buddy taped it before bed the other night and I think it felt worse in the morning.  So I'm hesitant to do that again. 

 

Do I need to be concerned? Just figure it will heal itself eventually? I'm afraid to go to the doctor and be told I have to splint it or whatever, and then not making my deadlines. i have a novel due to be finished at the end of April, and 3 chapters of another book due mid april. I'm already a bit behind. 

 

Any thoughts? Can I ignore this until May, then if it still hurts deal with it then? I'll have another deadline in august, but that gives me some time.

 

 

Update: I went to the walk in Orthopedic clinic, and they did a couple of xrays. Nothing broken, he thinks I bruised a tendon. No restrictions other than don't do things that hurt, lol. Follow up if it isn't better in a month. 

 
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Hands are complicated and they are absolutely essential to every day life.

 

Yes, you really do need to go to the doctor. Skip your regular doctor and go straight to a hand specialist, because hands are complicated.

 

I injured my middle finger when I was under deadline. I had to learn how to type using my left hand and my right thumb and pointer finger. It took me about three days to acclimate. I would think that a pinky finger is much easier to work around.

 

I also have had to work around injuries to both my hands for the last two years.

 

Buddy taping or splinting are options in some circumstances but not in others. The biggest concern is if there is displacement or dislocation.

 

If you do not figure this out, you could end up with some ugly, long-term consequences.

 

:grouphug:

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Hands are complicated and they are absolutely essential to every day life.

 

Yes, you really do need to go to the doctor. Skip your regular doctor and go straight to a hand specialist, because hands are complicated.

 

I injured my middle finger when I was under deadline. I had to learn how to type using my left hand and my right thumb and pointer finger. It took me about three days to acclimate. I would think that a pinky finger is much easier to work around.

 

I also have had to work around injuries to both my hands for the last two years.

 

Buddy taping or splinting are options in some circumstances but not in others. The biggest concern is if there is displacement or dislocation.

 

If you do not figure this out, you could end up with some ugly, long-term consequences.

 

:grouphug:

 

Ugh, not what I wanted to hear!  I agree about going to a specialist. The large orthopedic group in our area has a "convenient care" center that is a walk in clinic, staffed by orthopedic specialists. We've used them many times. (my oldest is accident prone like his mother. In fact, he has had both a broken finger and a torn ligament in his finger in the past few years). I'll look up what the hours are. 

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Yes, get it checked out. I had a similar hand injury in middle school and it ended that I buckle fractured the joint and if I hadn't immobilized it my ability to type, play piano, do fiber arts, etc would have been impeded for years. The pain was pretty bad, but realizing I was setting myself up for joint damage was what made me deal with the splint. I used it for about four weeks, and was able to type with it, albeit a bit slower and not utilizing that finger (my middle finger).

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