Cut finger, badly managed, cold and tingling - help.
December 27, 2011 6:01 AM Subscribe
Cut finger with nerve damage can a damaged nerve heal? How? Need advice - holistic and otherwise.
posted by watercarrier to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
Yes, I know you're not my doctor. I am only looking for advice that is practical and useable. Nothing alarming or to make me feel worse.
So - a week and a half ago - I lacerated my finger pretty badly with a knife. Went to the doctor who told me to go to the ER. In the meantime the wound was cleaned and bandaged. Was asked by the nurse if I had a tetanus shot. I said no. She brought over the injection, I read on the box that it contained diptheria and formaldyhyde and opted out. Didn't go to the ER. No stiches though it needed them. I went 2 days after and the ER refused to do the stiches citing liklihood of infection setting in as a result.
Now eleven days later there appears to be nerve damage. I've taken very good care of the wound, changing the bandages, cleaning it - there was a little pain nothing I couldn't handle. Some numbness but nothing like this afternoon where shooting electrical pins and needles were vibrating in the finger. I figure I severed an already injured nerve.
Finding someone who can do micro-surgery will probably be a hard thing where I am situated geographically. There is no discoloration that I can see but the finger feels cold. What can I be doing now on a practical level - holistically to help myself get through this?