April, this is my finger - I wake up one morning with it like this:
I go to the doc, he thinks I probably just jammed it up at some point...and I can't disagree with him because I've been known to do things like that. I broke my hand when I was in high school (age 16 or 17) from running down the haul and I hit it on a door jamb...and, that was that. It swelled up, and it was broken (and, interestingly enough, it was the bone right below THIS swollen ring finger - so that was over 20+ years ago, and now the finger is swelling? Strange).
Doc tells me, "if it doesn't get better in a week or so, go in for an x-ray" - so, we do that - nothing is broken. He then sends me in for an MRI. Nothing looks bad, it's just "non-specific swelling." He wants me to see a hand doc.
I have a lovely hand doctor at Eaton Orthopaedics (Dr. Carlan) of whom did my carpal tunnel surgery last year on my right hand - it's healed terrifically, so I decide to go see him and find out what he thinks. He says, "I have no clue what you did to your finger...we need to operate on it to figure out what's going on, I believe." So...ya...too far to drive. I get a referral from him, and he's nice enough to send up all the documents to me via e-mail, etc., and I see a new doctor at SHANDS in Gainesville. Nice guy, really seems to know what he's talking about, and he says the SAME thing that Dr. Carlan did. So, surgery it is...over a month later.
I had surgery at the end of May, and here's the immediate result (thankfully this was outpatient):
My whole hand looks puffy, and it really wasn't that bad. I believe this was taken two weeks later, before they took out the stitches.
Above, my finger post stitch removal...not too bad, really - the swelling is starting to go down, and it looks a lot better than it did. Interesting thing is they told me on my follow up appointment, "the joint looks good, nothing came back from pathology, which is really good and what you want, but we have no idea how your finger ended up like it did." NO idea? Really? Me either. Almost $3,000 to get my finger fixed, and no one has any clue what's wrong with it (I'll be paying that off for awhile...), but at least I can bend it again. I can ALMOST make a fist where pills don't fall out of my hand...it's not 100%, but before the surgery I could barely bend that finger.
Now I'm not sure I'll ever be able to wear my wedding band again, unless we get it re-sized (gold and platinum...not a cheap endeavor, so that will be awhile)...I guess I should just be grateful that my finger is healing, I've got a great surgeon (whom I go see again next week), and that C thinks my scar is sexy. ;-) Now I just have to come up with a good back-story for it!