April 28, 2011 6:55 PM Subscribe
please forgive my typing. i had a crush injury to my index finger one month ago. my question involves trying to figure out a way to minimize involuntary hand movements at night which only exacerbate the pain. there has to be some clever way to do this?
posted by futz to health & fitness (16 answers total)
i had surgery a month ago on my index finger on my dominate hand. the tip of my finger is basically bone fragments which will not congeal (two small bone pieces are trying really hard but the rest are a lost cause) and instead will eventually be absorbed by my body. i am ok protecting my finger by day but at night (sleeping) my hand/finger has a life of its own. picture a dog whose paws are twitching while dreaming. i have to keep my hand elevated at all times so i have constructed all sorts of comfy blanket "ramps" to rest my hand on. no matter how soft these ramps are, the constant involuntary movement of my finger thumping against them is VERY painful and prevents sleep...and healing? i am very frustrated and am looking for a creative solution. difficulty: it is not just my hand. it can also originate from my elbow which causes an even more painful slam. yes, i have pain meds and i also take a muscle relaxer before bed. my surgeon dismissed me about this. my nurse practitioner has been wonderful but has no solution. ideas welcome!