Hello and thank you for the question. Answers given are for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace an exam by an in-person.
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How severe is the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
Is there any associated swelling?
Thanks for the quick reply.
The pain while inactive is about a 2 (seems a little worse everyday) but when pressure is applied at the side of hte knuckle or when i press down in the end of my finger tip it is more like a 6 or 7.
There was swelling and bruising but both have subsided...there is just a little bit of swelling now...not enough to restrict movement.
Thank you very much for the useful information Sarah.
Ok, at this point since 1 month has already passed and the pain is still severe it should be re-evaluated.
Sometimes the pain take few months to subside completely but we also can not rule out the possibility of a fracture in the bone (which might be thin/hair line) resulting in delayed or inappropriate healing.
You should also take Advil or Motrin for better control of pain and inflammation.
And have an X-ray done to rule out any possible fracture.
I would have been worried too if I were at your place, but let me reassure you that this is a treatable condition and carries a good prognosis with appropriate management.
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