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Sore swollen middle fingertip

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Hi Everyone, 

 

It's quite a while since I last posted so I hope everyone's well. 

 

I've just realised that I have potentially been ignoring a problem in my middle fingertip for some years. It has been sore for such a long time but I always assumed it was because I type quite a bit. (I'm not a secretary so I don't type that much.) But now it is even more sensitive and more painful than usual. It's a bit swollen as if there might be something in there. Of course it could be unrelated, but I just wondered if anyone had had a similar experience. 

 

I have Raynaud's quite severely, though it is summer at the moment so I'm not having as many attacks.

 

Thank you, 

 

Charliehorse.


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Hello Charliehorse

 

I love it when people come back after a long absence! Hooray!

 

Whatever you do, see the doctor NOW! Scleroderma, especially coupled with Raynaud's, is particularly unpredictable and savage so to be quite frank, anything could be going on with your finger. Although it might have been sore for a long time it might have something new going on with it, infection maybe?

 

What I do know is that things can turn on a dime on a painful hand one day can be infected to the point of being at risk the next. Sorry, talking about myself but you get my drift. Make sure you choose a good doctor and have you had a recent blood test in case there's anything more sinister at play?

 

Take care and let us know, won't you?


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Hi Charliehorse,

 

How lovely to hear from you again; we're always so pleased to have posts from members from whom we haven't heard for a while. :happy:

 

I would echo Amanda's advice and suggest that you get that finger examined by your doctor pronto! You really do not want to risk a nasty infection or worse.

 

Are you still enjoying the "Jeeves" books? Although I've read some of them so many times I know them by heart, I still chuckle when reading my favourite bits!! :lol:

 

Kind regards,


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Thank you both for your instant support. I will certainly give my doctor a call. It's interesting how we shove pain into the back of our minds never really thinking it might actually mean something. (That got me into a spot of bother with appendicitis once!)

 

And I am still loving Wodehouse! I have a friend who loves him also and we often send each other spontaneous quotes. 

 

It's good to hear from you both. Will you let you know the outcome. 

 

Kind regards, 

 

Charliehorse


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Finger much better now due to wrapping it up and not using it. I had an x-ray which came back all good. Doctor explained that with less flesh there, there's less protection, and therefore more trauma.  :D


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Hi Charliehorse,

 

Thank you for updating us on your finger. I'm glad its getting better.

 

Did you know they have products called fingertip protectors?  They are often used by guitarists, and for repetitive office work. 

 

You might find it handy to use one part of the day, especially when you're going to be typing, and once it has healed, keep on using them intermittently. The protectors make the finger more usable than when it is entirely wrapped.  There are also cloth fingertip protectors, and even fancy ones with gel. I had to wear finger splints for a long time (due to arthritis), and fingertip protectors prevent and soothe irritation from the splints.

 

Anyway, I'm very glad its better and that it wasn't anything super serious, too.

 

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Hello Charliehorse

 

Well done! That is great news and I am glad that the doctor took action to investigate.

 

I hope you'll hang around and take care.


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Thank you for your support everyone. Must be a sensitive finger time. I'm noticing other fingers are a bit sensitive. Thanks, Shelley, for that advice. I'll see if I can source some finger tip protectors. 


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The rubber fingertip protectors are a revelation. They keep my fingertips entirely off the keys while typing. I couldn't find any fancy cloth ones or gel ones, Shelley. Would I find them in a pharmacy? I found the rubber ones in an office supplies store. 


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Hi Charliehorse,

 

I've found an outlet that sells cloth or gel finger protectors and I've sent you the link in a PM.

 

Kind regards,


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Well, it turns out the sore middle fingertip is digital pitting. The pain came and went all year, sometimes very severe. It got to the point where it felt like there was a build of fluid there. It was diagnosed a few weeks ago. Anyway, thought I'd post an update in case it's of use to others. 

 

And Jo, those gel protectors are great!


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Hi Charliehorse,

 

Thanks so much for posting an update. I'm sorry the pain has been severe at times, but at least getting a diagnosis is half the battle.

 

Glad to hear the gel protectors were useful to you!

 

Best wishes,


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Hi Everyone, 

 

Bit more of an update on the digital pitting situation. Feels very much like I have the same sort of pain in my right thumb now, so I'm guessing it's another case of digital pitting. It came on last year after I'd been handwriting quite intensely, and never went away. 

 

My middle finger gets a bit of a work out using the mousepad on my laptop and my thumb from handwriting, so it seems like Raynaud's fingers need to be treated quite delicately. 

 

That's my theory, anyway, if it's of any use to others. 

 

Warmth to you all, 

 

Charliehorse


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Hi Charliehorse,

 

It's great to hear from you again although I'm sorry to hear that your thumb is now painful and could possibly have the beginnings of digital pitting.

 

Your theory sounds very feasible and I do hope that your other fingers won't be similarly affected.

 

Best wishes,


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