YANAD (or maybe you are), but yesterday morning I woke up with the tip of my right index finger feeling numb. It was localised just to this area and appears to have normal bloodflow (i.e. it's not pale or white, so isn't just a digit feeling a bit cold). Fast forward 24 hours and it is still numb, albeit today it is a bit tingly/pins and needles in the area when using that finger. It causes no pain and is more so just annoying as I am right handed and work on a computer all day, so after a day and a half it's a bit irritating. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan
on Jul 7, 2014 -
We're spending three days in Watkins Glen. Yes, I know it's kind of silly to be taking a vacation in the Finger Lakes in winter. We're looking to visit wineries, breweries, distilleries, and great restaurants. In terms of wineries, it'd be best if we could find a place that didn't serve just sweet wines but some actually decent wines. If the weather allows, we'd like to do some hiking, too (we know it will be muddy). We know nothing of the area, so any advice you have would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
on Mar 11, 2014 -
I woke in the middle of the night last night with a pain in my finger, only to find that my pinky knuckle--and only my pinky knuckle--was red, sore, and a little swollen. I put some antibiotic ointment on it (because that is my solution for everything) and went back to sleep. When I woke up this morning, it was completely back to normal.
I know you're not a doctor, but what is this? Did I cut off circulation? Was it an illusion created by my anxiety-prone mind? Am I going to die?
If it helps, I live in a cold climate and I've never broken any fingers.
posted by sandwiches
on Dec 19, 2013 -
The other night, I think I suffered a Halloween-decorating injury. I was using an unfriendly pair of scissors to cut out silhouettes of bats to stick on my front door; my grip on the scissors hurt, but my room mate (whom I regard as wholly responsible for this) wanted TONS of bats, so I pushed on. Later that night, I realized my index finger was kind of numb along the outside, below the first joint - right where the grip of the scissors pressed against my first knuckle. I decided to go with the "wait and see" cure, only waiting and seeing didn't cure it. It's now been almost 48 hours with no change. What next? [more inside]
posted by kythuen
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I injured my pinkie finger a year and a half ago and it is still giving me grief. It is now usable for most things, but if that side of my hand experiences any kind of impact the finger will be noticeably stiff and sore for days. (it's always worse when I wake up) Has anyone had a similar problem that got fixed? Like, really
fixed? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder
on Aug 3, 2013 -
I accidentally pushed my cuticle back too far and now my nail is, well, missing a spot. Like the nail wasn't finished forming and I disrupted it, so it just didn't form for a horizontal length of about 2 or 3mm. It didn't bleed, but I'm worried that there's irreversible damage to the spot and my nail will never grow there again. Has anyone ever had this happen before? Did it eventually go back to normal? How should I care for the blank spot while it grows out? Pictures: 1 2
posted by youngergirl44
on Jul 19, 2013 -
It´s a story about a man who gets a message in his dreams coming from a civilization that´s living in a pore in the skin of his hand. He is told that every time he scratches his hand this will cause a catastrophe in their little universe, which has already happened several times before. Finally he agrees not to scratch his hand for a while.
posted by Faustulus
on Jun 20, 2013 -
my fiancee is getting a surgery inserting a collagen-based nerve guide conduit for ulnal nerve repair in his ring finger, what can I do to help him prepapre for the surgery, what things should he know, and what can I do to help him recover
posted by denimchair
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I'm almost certain I just severed the tendon in my pinky...the bleeding is under control but I cannot bend it. I have severe fear of ER costs due to bad past experiences that cost me lots and lots of money. How bad is this, and can it wait for an Urgent Care place? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Feb 22, 2013 -
What could be causing my middle finger to pull painfully towards my ring finger, especially while driving? [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Sharp pain in my right ring and pinky fingers when I bend them. I need to do a lot of typing. YANMD, but can you help me get through the weekend? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Nov 22, 2012 -
I have developed trigger finger in the ring finger of my non-dominant hand. How long should I expect this to last? [more inside]
posted by blurker
on Aug 20, 2012 -
You're not my doctor, and you don't have a crystal ball. But can you speculate what will happen to my thumb after I took a pretty good slice at it yesterday? Bonus worker's comp question. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic
on Jun 21, 2012 -
I recently injured my index and middle fingers on one hand. How can I rehab this injury most effectively and quickly? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw
on May 8, 2012 -
How to keep a broken finger in a splint comfortable and clean...without moving the splint? Help please! [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish
on Mar 10, 2012 -
Hospitalfilter: I cut my finger a few hours ago and somehow managed to peel a bit of skin. Is this something I need to see a doctor about or can I roll with hydrogen peroxide, bactine, and gauze? I have insurance but I don't have a doctor, so if I have to see one, I'll have to go the ER. Pics are a touch gross.
posted by nooneyouknow
on Sep 16, 2011 -
I Know what "snook"is. Could you tell me what this gesture is named? With one's thumbs in one's ears wiggling one's fingers (and one's tongue in the air ...will you sing..something like na-na-na-nah-naaar?) What does it mean?
posted by mizukko
on Sep 15, 2011 -
Please help with any diagnostic insight you might have (or insight as to how to get a better diagnosis), as well as alternatives to treatments that I am intolerant to trying [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity
on May 5, 2011 -
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? [more inside]
posted by futz
on Apr 28, 2011 -
My left pinky finger and the outer edge of my left hand are numb and a bit tingly, presumably due to ulnar nerve compression. Safe to wait a few days and see if it goes away, or urgent? [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Jan 14, 2011 -
I fractured my right index finger about 9 months ago when a table-saw kicked a small square of plywood at high velocity into the end of the 'metacarpal' near the first joint. I taped it up and after about six weeks it felt basically normal. It is straight and I have full mobility however, with the coming of spring, it has started to ache, sometimes distractlingly so... so what's going on?
posted by ennui.bz
on May 5, 2010 -
My wonderful great uncle had to have his right index finger amputated at the middle knuckle a year or so ago. He is 92 years old, lives alone, and has coped with loneliness (since the loss of his beloved wife 8 years ago) by keeping himself busy with construction related hobbies and cooking. I found out that he is really suffering from the loss of his normal pincer grasp. He specifically mentioned trouble using a hammer and nails. What can I do to make his life/hobbies easier, other than suggest a thumb and middle finger pincer grasp? Are there any products or tools you can recommend?
posted by shylady
on Dec 19, 2009 -
I'm losing the use of one of my fingers. But what I'll miss most is the touch typing. How to relearn it? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne
on Dec 10, 2008 -
During sleep, I experience hand or finger numbness. It involves the first three digits mostly (thumb, pointer and middle). [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 29, 2008 -
What exactly does it mean when someone holds their finger under their nose as if making a fake mustache? Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme
on Sep 17, 2008 -
I sort of smashed my finger a couple of hours ago, and it looks pretty nasty. Nothing broken, bit there is a 3/8 inch gash with what looks like fat protruding from it. I've never seen anything like this before and don't have insurance or workman's comp, so would like to avoid the emergency room if I can. Any imformed advice is appreciated. Gruesome photos
of the aftermath.
posted by Huplescat
on Aug 4, 2008 -
Help me find out more about this gesture, where a person licks their finger and either points to the ceiling or draws a line in the air. [more inside]
posted by asras
on Jul 1, 2008 -
I managed to break my right ring finger in a cycling accident (completely clean break between knuckles) and now have pins in for ~3wks. I'm interested in finding out what foods, supplements, etc I should be looking at to help speed up the healing/mending process – *or* – even ones I should be avoiding.
posted by hrbrmstr
on May 1, 2008 -
My fingers got crushed when my clothes airer decided to fold up. Now I have a numb bent index finger and a numb little finger. Will they stay like this, or heal in time? [more inside]
posted by alicegoldie
on Dec 9, 2007 -
Can you help me find the picture of Marion Barry giving the finger? [more inside]
posted by toxic
on Aug 20, 2007 -
I'm looking for a large version of the classic Victorian "this way finger"
. A vector file would be ideal, but any large enough raster images would do as well.
Also, what exactly would you call that thing? I know it would be considered a dingbat
but I can't imagine shopowners ordering signs saying "Give me that finger thing, you know, the uhh, finger?"
I was able to find some pointing fingers
but they're too clean. The Victorian style in the first link is what I'm looking for.
posted by mjbraun
on Jul 11, 2007 -
I accidentally pried my fingernail back about a year ago and it hasn't reattached itself entirely. In essence, I've done the same damage one might receive from having bamboo shoots stuck under the nail. The thin white crescent at the tip/end of my finger still recedes where the damage occurred.
I've looked at a lot of MeFi posts regarding fingernail injuries but haven't found quite what I'm talking about. I've given it almost a year but it still hasn't reattached/resealed all the way. The nail itself isn't damaged and the injury never went more than halfway down my nail (so the cuticle and luna were never touched). Wikipedia describes something [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Feb 14, 2007 -
Slight numbness in left pinky, and a lot of difficulty (and slight pain when) curling the pinky; stiff neck on left side, sore left arm. Is this a pinched ulnar nerve or something more serious? [more inside]
posted by Muu
on Feb 5, 2007 -
[Fixmumscomputerfilter] I recently upgraded my mum to firefox 2.0. And now she cant open links from outlook express. Theres [more inside]
posted by gergtreble
on Dec 6, 2006 -
I noticed that as times goes by, computer mice (and other plastic items) get used by skin friction. I notice my mice have "smooth" areas on their buttons that obviously seem to be there because of use. Is there a way to prevent that? [more inside]
posted by a007r
on Apr 30, 2006 -