For a couple of years now, I have been suffering from slight pain in my right middle finger. This is not joint pain, and it is actually located here
, between the tip of my finger and my outermost joint. In the past few months, however, this pain has turned excruciating. My finger is so sensitive that even a drop of water from the shower sends me into the type of pain I have only experienced when smashing my fingers between things before. This can also happen for no reason, especially if it is cold outside.
I am afraid that at some point in the past, I broke my finger and didn't get it treated. I can actually remember a time this could have happened, approximately nine years ago. I don't want to go to the doctor about this, because I know the x-rays will be expensive and I have heard horror stories about doctors having to "re-break" a bone to set it. I saw a doctor about it when it was still just slightly painful, and he told me to put it in some warm or cold water when it hurt. That's not very convenient, is it?
So, my question is: Is it possible I broke my finger years ago and it's just now causing catching up with me? Is there a bigger problem this could be a symptom of? Is it possible to get some kind of carpel tunnel-like disorder in a single finger from use or something? Any help appreciated, thanks in advance.