Returning sensation to the tip of my thumb after an injury
February 10, 2014 8:23 PM Subscribe
I cut the tip of my thumb in September while on a mountaineering trip. It was a pretty nasty cut and the injured area - which intersects with my nail bed in two places - is still numb 4+ months later.
posted by arnicae to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The injury healed cleanly, though the injured area which is about 1/4 of a dime in size is still slightly raised relative to the rest of the skin and the edges of the injury where the thumb was cut are faintly scarred. The nail grew out with a big bump and a bunch of little bubbles, but appears to be largely back to normal at this point.
But - still no sensation. My doctor rather phlegmatically says to give it a year or and the little, hairlike nerves may recover.
Is there anything I can do to hasten this recovery (e.g. massaging it? leaving it alone?) Anyone with personal experience with this kind of injury?