sliced my finger, bad!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    so i was cutting open a zip-tie with a kitchen knife and managed to stick the knife inside the 2nd knuckle of the 1st finger of my left hand.

    the cut has healed remarkably, but i damaged some stuff inside. pretty sure i hacked up some muscle cos every time i stretch it it hurts really bad. the tendon's fine...

    but the top half of my finger's numb/tingly now.

    supposedly if it tingles at all, and if you can feel anything, it's not severed, just damaged/blocked and it should be ok. so i'm crossing my fingers. (at least, on my right hand)

    anyone else have anything like this happen? i'd like to hear lots of stories of how you were fine and able to play just like before, if possible.

    think good thoughts for me!!! :( :( :(

  2. Ouch! That really sucks. Luckily I've never injured my fingers...
  3. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Mmm... numbness means nerve damage - you may have inadvertently cut one of the cutaneous nerves innervating the skin of your finger. You should probably catch up with your local doctor to see if anything can be done now - it is probably too late. Microsurgery could have joined up the cut nerve when the cut happened.

    The alternative is that you still have some internal swelling causing nerve compression - if this is so, the numbness will go away once the swelling comes down.

    In the end, if it's just numbness, don't worry about it. This should not affect your mobility.

    I am assuming you have no tendon damage ie. you can bend your finger normally with no deformity.
  4. Did almost the same thing when I was 5. I put a steak knife through the base joint of my right thumb. Came damn near to cutting it off, it went about half way through. I have a really cool scar there now, which freaks people out occasionally.

    It will be numb for a while, like BG said. It's probably just swelling. Tingling means that there ARE nerve pulses getting through, so the nerve isn't severed. Maybe damaged or pinched, but not severed. Still, go to the doc and ask him/her about it.

    Rock on
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I used to cook in a Japanese tepanyaki place. We had sharpened a bread knife to cut onion slices at an incredible rate. I was cutting an onion, and my finger slipped, causing me to slice into it until the knife was stopped by the bone. I have almost no scar, because it was a really thin blade that was VERY sharp. It bled a ridiculous amount, but was stitched up and healed just fine. Good luck Jason, I'll think happy thoughts of fully flexible non-numb fingers for you.
  6. gruffpuppy

    gruffpuppy Guest

    Aug 15, 2000
    In your basement.
    Have you seen a doctor?
    If it is still has tingle you may want to.

    My hands are pretty beat, I can gash myself and not even feel it anymore.
    It there isn't blisters it just means there is no room from the cuts.
  7. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    yeah i went to an urgent care place shortly after i cut myself.

    pretty much, the doctor couldn't give a sh!t if i could feel anything. i wasn't gushing blood (neosporin ROCKS), so he kinda glanced over it and said that it'll probably heal, then the nurse gave me a new band-aid and sent me on my way.


  8. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    O.K., Warwick. This is what you are wanting to hear and the best part is, this is exactly how it happened.

    About four years ago I cut the tip of my left middle finger nearly to the bone with a power saw. After the cut healed, I had a tingly, numb feeling in my fingertip. Almost felt like an electric shock when i would bump it accidently.

    I know that I should have, but I didn't get medical attention.

    All problems cleared up on thier own and now I don't feel any difference in the finger that I cut and any of my other fingers.

    Watch out for infection. I have a lot of confidence in Neosporin. That's all I used when I cut it and it's worked on a lot of other scrapes and cuts in the past.

    Still the best idea is to let a doctor look at it.

    Good luck, and I hope you haven't done any major damage.

  9. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Man, that sucks. I was about a pound or two of pressure away from breaking my right index finger today. I was beating my thumb and middle fingers on the side of the desk, and I keep my index finger folded against my palm. So anyway, I'm sitting there beating my fingers against the desk[really really fast and really really hard] and my index finger comes out a bit, and BAM! It hits the corner of the desk and slides down very painfully. It hurt.
  10. BaSsDuDe230

    BaSsDuDe230 Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA.
    Damn...that does suck...hey eric...i cut my finger too...i was cuttin something and it went right thru my almost went thru...the scar rules tho ::rolleyes: i didnt goto my doctor tho...i juss washed it off and put some bandaids on heh
  11. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss

    I agree Erwin, with a mild extension, I would also be concerned with development of a flexion contracture given the location of the injury and susequent pain in flexion. You may be developing a longitudinal scar across the flexion crease, which could lead to the contracture. But its hard to tell without eyeballing the injury itself.

    See your doctor.

  12. So send us a pic. Wait, that's disgusting.:eek:

    Rock on
  13. thomas

    thomas Guest

    Jul 26, 2000
    Barnesville, GA USA
    a few years ago, right after I started playing bass, i had a freak shop accident in the model lab here at Tech.
    We were spot welding this frame together out of about 6 gauge wire for a model and ran out of wire, sent a girl to the hardware store for more steel wire, told her NOT to buy galvanized wire 'cause galvanization and electro-welding don't go together.
    She came back with a big roll of galvanized wire.

    So, in order to weld this stuff I was cleaning the spots we wanted to weld off on a wire wheel mounted on the grinder AND... the wire wheel grabbed the wire in my hands and twisted it bread tie style around my index and middle fingers of my right (my rhythm) hand.

    Remember this is 6 gauge wire. Although in immense pain I was still rather calm at this point, for some reason shock calms me, I guess its a good survival skill. The first thing I did was to go and ask the shop assistant guy for a pair of angle dikes, he proceeded to look for said pliers then turned and realized what was going on as I had this wierd steel sculpture entrapping my now quite swollen fingers.
    Him and another girl there walked me to the infirmary, luckily only about half a block away, where they initially had little concern until I passed out on the floor in front of the receptionist's desk.

    Waking up after hitting my head on the floor they carried me to an exam room, called in the doctor on duty, he used this cool tool they use for cutting rings off to remove the metal and it stopped hurting, for about five minutes.

    Then he gave me a shot of something and everything stopped being important.

    POINT OF THE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    After that I went to an orthopedist and found that the end bone in my index finger was broken into at least 7 pieces and there wasn't really alot he could do short of very extreme and expensive surgery. The wire split my index finger open to the bone from about the big knuckle to the nail.

    I still don't have enough strength in that finger to comfortably pluck the bass and the scar tissue makes a noticeable different noise that the good tissue in the tip of my middle finger.

    While in a freaky splint I learned to play bass with a pick!

    If I had a job I wouldn't leave such drawn out responses.
  14. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    If we're swapping gross-out stories here, let me tell you about the time I was a little too quick with the zipper on my jeans...

  15. lobster_boy

    lobster_boy Guest

    Aug 6, 2001
    The tip of my lo e-string went about half inch into my foot once ( i jus throw my strings on the floor when i cut 'em off) and it felt kinda tingly but it lasted only a few minutes. neosporin rocks indeed :)
  16. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    Chrashed on my bicycle 10-11 years ago, snapped the outer tendon on my right index finger. It got stitched back together about 1 hour later.

    When the bandages came off the finger was more or less locked in half-crooked position, like a claw. Took a long time of stretching and training (oh the pain!) to make it work again. Still can't straighten it out completely, but I can play the bass! :)

    It still hurts in cold weather...
  17. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Key Point: Did you learn anything from it?

  18. hujo

    hujo Guest

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Man, this thread is making me vince in pain - all those graphic stories... Argh! It's like nails on the blackboard, but ten times worse. Please good doctors, make it stop!
  19. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Oooh, oooh! One more!

    Back in the late '60s and early '70s, banana seats and top-rail three speed gearshifts with big, tall chrome T-handles were very popular on boy's bicycles.

    Also, slotted street gutter drains were common in the town where we lived - the slots were two inches wide by about two feet long, and they ran parallel to the curb.

    If you were riding your bike in the street along the curb, hitting one of those grates was a real problem. Your front wheel would drop in, and you bike would come to an abrupt stop. Inertia being what it is, you would then go over the handlebars.

    However, those nice, big chrome T-handle shifters would prevent you from sliding too far forward, because they would catch you in the crotch and stop you. Hard.

  20. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    Heh, my friend (who is a bassist) had a really whacky inssident. He jumped, whis abss and somehow managed to catch his hand on the bridge. Well, it cut from around his wrist to nearly his index finger. crazy. he's ok now though. He had to take quite a long break tho.

    Now for mine. :D
    When I was a little younger, I liked to make model planes and such. My dad had tough me how to use the knives etc. He eventually gave in and let me use the sharp baby. Gah. :p
    I was making an edge nice and smooth... Somehow sliced into my thumb. Strange reason I never noticed it. Until I saw blood land on my pants. AT that momment, I was cutting another edge. Straight into my index finger. LOL man that was funny. Both had managed to reach the bone :eek:

    I jumped up. 'AHHHHHHHHHH!!! AHHH! AHH!! S*** SH** S*** HAAAAA!!' :D
    There was blood spraying in mor ethan one direction. Now i got some really cool scares !