To doctor or not to doctor?
April 2, 2014 7:06 AM Subscribe
Approximately two weeks ago (I think) I was out in the woods and was possibly bitten by something on the knuckle of my ring finger. The next day the spot ached in the joint, but no other symptoms. Over the last few days, though, the pain has returned and worsened, and now it appears to be getting puffy. Should I go see a medical professional about this?
posted by whistle pig to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
I was out in the woods at night in Ohio and felt a sudden intense itchiness while wearing a thin glove. I took off the glove to notice a tiny droplet of blood in that spot. I thought nothing much of it till the next day, when the joint ached there. I assumed I'd been bitten by a spider or something, and worried about it for a day or so, but when the pain went away the following day I forgot about it.
About, oh, five days ago the knuckle started aching again, and the hand has felt weak in that spot. I just woke up with the joint aching much more, and the back of my hand is puffy in this area. No rash or bruising.
Should I go to the doc?
The reason I'm even asking this question is because there are so many gray areas. I didn't see anything bite me. For all I know I poked my knuckle on a thorn. I was wearing a thin work glove--can something bite through that? I have no other symptoms (other than a deep weariness, but that's my default setting). What if I just bruised or sprained the hand recently? Why did it stop aching and then start aching again? I don't know if I'm connecting two things that aren't related (tiny spot of blood on hand in woods, puffy hand two weeks later).
Other complicating factors that make me not want to go: I have a bunch of stuff to do at work today, I am between doctors (my previous Dr. moved away and haven't found a new one), money.
Thanks for advising this internet stranger on medical matters!