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: striper thumb

01-31-2006, 05:12 PM
Ouch! A dorsalspine broke off into my thumb this summer. I squoze out the little bit, but it's been a few months, and there is a match head sized bump in my thumb and it still hurts.
What to do?

01-31-2006, 05:34 PM
Even if it's not abcissed I would have a doctor shoot some dope into it and do an exploratory. Maybe a simple x-ray will show a spine?

01-31-2006, 05:54 PM
what kind of Dr.? A dermatologist?

01-31-2006, 08:28 PM
If it's been several months, whatever got left behind has triggered an inflammatory response resulting in a granuloma (a ball-shaped lump of scar tissue). If it's really that bothersome, I would recommend a hand surgeon, as you want not only a good cosmetic repair, but minimal damage to surrounding/underlying nerves.

01-31-2006, 08:53 PM
what kind of Dr.?

A Fly Fising Doctor of course!

Eddie, I know what you are talking about I got a puncture wound from a dog fish many years ago. It took a long time to feel right again, I didn't have a bump but it just felt like something was wrong even after the wound healed.
funny to look back on though - I was new to fishing then and went to grab the ungodly beast by the tail. One of the guys gets "Don't Grab"........ out of his mouth followed by my cursing. The spike put a good hole right in the meaty part of my hand below the thumb.

Best of luck getting that squared away.

01-31-2006, 10:59 PM
When I was a kid I fell onto broken glass and got a large number of stitches in the hand. We believed all the glass was out but three peices remained around the top inside knuckles of my left palm. I started gymnastics shortly thereafter and I could tell there were objects growing inside my hand as I gripped gear so I had surgery to remove them.

The doctor put the "pearls" which encased the glass into a dixie cup full of alchohol and sewed me up. I argued with him that I wanted them but he insisted they will need to keep and examine them. They looked like bone cysts and were as hard as pearls. Wild looking things.

I wonder if his wife got a pair of earrings for Christmas that year :chuckle:

01-31-2006, 11:15 PM
I spent 10 yrs. working at Fiberglas, not with glass but where it was made. I`ve got so much glass in me that if someone hit me with a stone I`d probably shatter! What happens is that the body expels a foriegn object in time, a little fiborus growth forms around it and it is pushed to the surface wherer it can be dealt with. If it`s painful, best to let a Doc look into removing it, if it`s just a nuisance give it time and it will fix itself. 25 yrs after that job went south and glass beads are still popping out of me.