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Since: 20.2.03

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.74
Got a medical question which I normally reserve for but I guess they starting charging for membership

Anyway, I was playin in a basketball game and my right pinky got jammed. Everyone who has played basketball has experienced this. However, this one was particularly bad. I thought it was broken, but I could move it alright.

So here's my question. You know that feeling of "pins and needles" when your arm falls asleep? Well whenever I touch the outside of my hand(Ring and Pinky finger and down), I get that feeling. Also, when I have my hand on my mouse for a long time(solitare), that part of my hand goes really numb.

Could I have really damaged a nerve by jamming my pinky against a basketball?

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.83
I recommend not taking medical advice from anyone on this board. You should check with a Doctor that you pay.

Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.65
    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
    Got a medical question which I normally reserve for but I guess they starting charging for membership
Got their spam yesterday! (which is weird, because I've never been there and I NEVER gave them my email address....but what else is new?)


Since: 3.10.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.98
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I recommend not taking medical advice from anyone on this board. You should check with a Doctor that you pay.

Guru, as a medic in the Navy for 13 years, I am slightly insulted! LOL!

Anyhow ShotGunShep, if you can tolerate it, try some Naprosyn or another over the counter anti inflammatory drug. There is probably swelling around one or more nerved running through the hand and up to the pinky. The swelling will put pressure on the nerve, and make the pins and needles feeling you are experiencing. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage, and make sure to take with food or at least 2% milk, as NSADs (Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) tend to be rough on the stomach. If you don't get relief, at least temporarily, within 3 to 4 days, seek REAL medical help. (I.E. Go get an Xray)

Thank you for your irrelevant opinion.

Since: 11.1.02
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Sounds like the ulnar nerve. The inflammation from swelling that occurred due to the injury is compressing the nerve. The same thing can occur when working on the computer and the nerve is compressed by desk, mousepad, etc. when the pinkie side of the wrist is in that position for a prolonged period of time. See your family doctor/chiropractor for it to rule out anything more severe or long lasting.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
I've only been a medic for ten years ;-) here in the trenches of central addition to StaggerLee's comments, try some old fashioned ice or epson salt, eat an apple and get some rest.

(edited by Tomboy on 26.3.04 1121)

~Tomboy, 2003 Survival Football Co-Champion
The Amazing Salami

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
Try the old "quit being a pussy" method.

Only kidding of course.

I am just like
Net Hack Slasher

Since: 6.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I recommend not taking medical advice from anyone on this board. You should check with a Doctor that you pay.

That reminds me of a funny moment on the old sitcom Empty Nest. Where the lead is a Pediatrician and for one episode they gave him a medical radio talk show and every single call that came in he replied with the same answer "I suggest you consult your family physician/doctor"... I thought that was kind of funny a talk show with same suggestion or advice for the entire program.

smark/net attack wienerville advisory stays at BLUE alert - Guarded (With Benoit & Eddie being World & WWE champions you'd expect the alert to be Green but couldn't do it due to Trish heel turn & brands re-draft)- 3/16

Honors for Smartest thing ever written, 5th Horseman "When Victoria, Trish, Molly, and Lilian were in the ring.. I commented to my friends that all of the 4 ladies in the ring were hotter than the all 4 that are fighting over who is the hottest in the WWE"
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