My finger...

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by SusieGS, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. SusieGS

    SusieGS Member

    I'm having trouble with my index finger. I got bitten by one of my dogs a couple of weeks ago, march 12th, rt hand, between my middle and index finger knuckle. It swelled up pretty good the next day, and i went to the ER, got x-ray and antibiotics. X-rays were fine. Most of the swelling is gone, and the puncture has healed but there's a lump closer to the index finger knuckle, and its painful to touch. I cannot straighten that finger all the way, and normal activities are painful. ER recommended a hand surgeon, but the week after the injury my doc's pa said i didn't need one. should i wait longer to heal more, or see my doc, or see a hand surgeon? My art is one of the few things I can still do... I was diagnosed with Fibro in
  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Susie

    Welcome to the Board. We have a variety of topics that are discussed here, but
    there is no MD available to give advice. I agree with Julie though; if you are
    worried, it's probably a good idea to see a doc. I don't know what your situation
    is with insurance, finances, etc. I understand that any hospital that receives
    federal money is required to provide treatment even if the patient can't pay.

    BTW, we have some artists and crafts people here. Two of them are Sunflower and
    Soul who sometimes post pictures of their projects. They can usually be found on
    the porch (the Chit Chat board) and the Homebound board.

    Good luck.
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  3. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Susie,, Sounds like you need some more help with that finger. Be careful and WELCOME ! These keys are sticking again -AACK !!! Don't let it go. Gotta run.

    GRANNI :)
  4. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Hi there - Ouch! Definitely, please seek proper medical attention in regards to this - it could be an abcess (I thought that was spelled correctly, obviously not!).

    Don't let it continue to fester (which it could very well be doing) and get some proper medical advice and treatment.

    Keep us posted!

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I would definitely follow the ER doc's recommendation. If you are in a managed care ins. program, your PCP (and his PA) get rewarded for keeping costs down. This includes visits to specialists. If not, you are free to see a specialist and I would do it. Sometimes, the longer one waits, the worse the problem becomes. Good luck.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Admittedly, I don't understand the health and insurance thing there... But I remember when my aunt had a sliver in her finger... Long story short... It went septic. She almost lost her finger! So please, I encourage you to get it looked at by someone else sweetie. Particularly with our immune systems being all screwed up, it allows infections to move right on in! A. X