Has anyone else had this strange finger pain?

Bit of a weird one this, so please bear with me. Middle finger, right hand.

About a week ago when I was washing my hands, I thought I felt a paper cut on the side of my finger. Really stung and made me jump but after I'd dried my hands I couldn't find it so sort of forgot about it. But when I washed my hands again there it was, a sudden jolting sting. Dried my hands, poked, squeezed and prodded finger. Still couldn't find the problem. Over the next few days it got worse and started to feel more like a splinter pricking deep in the skin, but I could only feel it when rubbing my fingers together, interlocked if you know what I mean.

No bruising, no redness, no obvious swelling but today I've knocked it a couple of times against the handle of my mug and I nearly passed out with the jolting pain like an electric shock. Gone before I could finish gasping. Freaked the poor dog out no end! But I still can't make it hurt if I'm 'looking' for it. How weird. Anyone?

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  • I get all sorts of weird pain, I just accept it now! You get the 'cigarette burn', the 'paper cut with lemon juice', the 'open wound' (I've actually looked at my hand in disbelief because it feels just like it has a terrible open wound), the 'beaten with a hammer', the 'stab with a burning knife' and so on and any of these can last a split second or days. Nothing surprises me any more. xxx

  • I know what you mean, there are so many sensations and pains associated with this aren't there? My wrists and the backs of my hands sometimes feel like burning hot forks are tearing and shredding the flesh apart. I look at my hands as this is happening but there is nothing to see!

  • I'm with you,

    Every day is a school day with this malarkey (RA) but nothing comes as a surprise anymore, the fore finger on my left hand wakes me up at about 4am with ridiculous pain, the. Lights touch on the balls of my feet can be so painful even though I managed to walk ( hobble some days) on them even as I type this the knuckle on my left fore finger looks like a jersey royal new potatoe lol yet tomorrow it will possibly be fine, be lost without other peeps who understand this though this forum is fab.

  • I am similar to this. I don't get the huge lumps but I get swollen smaller but really sore lumps that dissappear the next day, or last a few days. And really sore tips. Which makes it difficult to type. But Pedz you did make me laugh with your description of your problem. We do at least have to laugh, so we won't cry. And this forum looks good for help and a chat.

  • I like the needle-under-the-skin between joints, with random accompaniment of electric shock. It keeps surprising me, the little devil! Not to forget the feet-in-a-vice? Such variety - who'd have thought, eh?

  • Dogrose,

    I too have similar pains in all my fingers. I feel as if some body is cutting my finger with blades or some instruments. I feel that my fingers are beaten with hammer. So painful, and I lose my hope to live. I cannot bear the pain.

  • Well I'm not sure if I've ever had anything quite like you describe JoJo. But this disease affects the connective tissue and anything is possible I'm learning. I do presently have sharp stinging pain in my hands which has been around for a week or so and I get flashes of startling pain like electric shocks everywhere at the moment - but particularly in the palms of my hands.

    A friend of mine was telling me that she has electric fizz too but hers is only in one half centimeter of her lower lip and at the end of the her finger tips. She doesn't have RA or any related condition but has decided that it comes from her position when she rides her bike and the way some of her nerves are being compressed by the way she sits. Bodies are such complicated things - add inflammatory arthritis into the equation and it becomes really crazy! x

  • It's maddening isn't it Tilda? I hate it and even more so when the rheumy just shakes his head and announces he can find nothing wrong with me! I'd like to 'refer' my pain to him then he'd know what I was talking about, oh yes indeedy! ;-)

    x x

  • Next time you must be much firmer with him JoJo. This is how so many sero negative people end up with joint damage - because they aren't believed.

    Both of my sons had fractures dismissed as light sprains by doctors because they didn't have any swelling and could do the tests they were asked to with crossing arms. One went for 48 hours before he was sent for an x-ray and with the other I was dismissed 3 times by two different doctors and it was only a month later when his brother pulled his arm hard that he screamed and nearly passed out. He had an x-ray and lo it had been a full fracture across his wrist. The hospital was abject and so was our GP (on behalf of his patronising locum). We were very lucky it set itself naturally but a lesson was learnt by me that my instincts about health related stuff is generally right.

    Certainly I've become more assertive on behalf of others, my kids especially - but where it comes to myself its really hard and takes even more courage I feel. I want you to roar at him next time please! X

  • Oh yes, I have had that pain in my fingers too sometimes. Mine is usually right on the bone, but on the side & it really hurts when it gets bumped. Mine doesn't last over a week or so, usually-so I hope that yours goes away too. I sometimes take an extra prednisone to get me over it & it helps. Good luck Lilac_Lion.

    Christine

  • Yes mine is on the bone to the side too! It's so peculiar, hope it goes soon.

    Thanks Christine x

  • Hi. I had to open an account to reply to your. I've had the finger pain problem for over 10 years. Only today I was told it could be a glomus tumor. It's totally benign and once removed, the pain completely goes. Please look into it and ask your consultant for a scan for it. Hopefully it will help you.

  • Yes some of these pains sound familiar, one of the worst ones I had before Cimzia was a really sudden shooting pain from my right wrist up my arm....always at night though!! Xx

  • That sounds like some of the "shocks" I get, though as well as fingers, mine are as likely to be in my lower outer calf, or occasionally in one area of the skin on my abdomen. I always just consider them to be an irritated nerve, though its worth remembering that nerves can be very long things (they all start somewhere in the spinal cord before meandering around your body) so the irritation could be happening anywhere between where you feel it and your spine.

    Not a lot you can do about it, though it if did become unbearable, or other areas started joining in, there are meds that dampen down nerve sensations (amitryptylline, gabapentin, etc) but then they have their own side effects. If your shoulder or neck is a bit stiff, try putting a heat pack on there (classic points for nerves to get irritated as they pass through some tiny gaps between bones). I did get given capsaicin cream for that kind of nerve pain once, and although it works well with some people it wasn't a hit with me. You might have to be careful with it if you have active RA in your hands though, so would need to ask a doctor about it.

  • I have also experienced some weird pains, mostly in my hands. Often over my knuckles resulting in bruising over the joint. I haven't bumped or knocked them just intense pain.

    Carole

  • Hello, Just came here after searching Google for "feels like splinter in thumb" as it's been bothering me for an hour. Reason I'm concerned is my elbow has been bothering me for two weeks, and for a few days it was both elbows, just woke up that way. Already have been diagnosed with arthritis is knees so I wonder of I've gotten it in my elbows.

    As for the others who've mentioned pains, I asked my PCP about: sudden chest pain, like an electric shock - only lasts a few milliseconds - and he said nothing to worry about. I also have carpal tunnel from years of twisting electric meter covers on and off, and 35 years of using nut-drivers, screwdrivers and various hand tools. I was prescribed Tramadol years a go for the carpal tunnel, it worked real well. I'm on to stronger meds now as I have a degenerative cervical spine and just realized after Googling "imaginary loud noises" that I seem to have a condition called Parasomnia, it's unreal, but occasionally I wake up after hearing a really loud noise, sometimes like cymbals crashing, other times like a clap of thunder, or like a big boom. But in this case, it truly is 'all in yer head', seems like a bunch of electrical signals all converge at once and just explode, which is why Parasomnia is also called "exploding head syndrome".

  • Wow I also have the thumb problem, like a splinter. It is driving me crazy. I don't know what to do!

    I have also woken up due to what I thought was a loud outside noise. It is so real and I cannot believe no one else heard it. I did not know that this is a thing.

  • Chippy, have you been checked for meneures disease? I get those sounds also buzzing, ringing and other sounds. My doctor diagnosed me with meneures disease.

  • I get an intense pain in my upper middle finger that only goes away when i run the finger under very warm...almost hot...water for a long time. I feel like cutting my tip of the right middle finger off because the pain is horrific. This has been going on for over a year now

  • Did you ever find out what it was/is?...I get the pain on top of my middle finger and is like an intense stinging pain..sending me nuts..

    I have just tried putting my finger in hot water, and it worked..the pain has dramatically subsided..thank you thank you thank you...

  • I've had the finger pain problem for over 10 years. Only today I was told it could be a glomus tumor. It's totally benign and once removed, the pain completely goes. Please look into it and ask your consultant for a scan for it. Hopefully it will help you.

  • I've had the finger pain problem for over 10 years. Only today I was told it could be a glomus tumor. It's totally benign and once removed, the pain completely goes. Please look into it and ask your consultant for a scan for it. Hopefully it will help you.

  • Me too, it hurts so much that sometimes it is unbearable.

  • Check with a doctor if you can. If you feel like there is something wrong with your body, then check with a doctor if you can. I'm writing this because I have pain in my finger too.

  • I have the finger pain also. I have been to the doctor and she said arthritis and calcium has caused this. She gave me gel and said to take meloxicam(which I have) and 2 Tylenol. It has been 2 weeks now and I'm still waiting for results.

  • I am pretty sure that I am the same person who sent: Check with a doctor if you can. If you feel like there is something wrong with your body, then check with a doctor if you can. I'm writing this because I have pain in my finger too.

    I had an account so I sent that, then I deleted the account, and now I have another account, so now I am posting a reply.

    I'm pretty sure I sent that but someone else may have sent the same thing, so maybe I sent that. I'm pretty sure though. I am adding more to the message I previously mentioned.

    Check with a doctor if you can. If you feel like there is something wrong with your body, then check with a doctor if you can. I'm writing this only because I have pain in my finger too, because I am trying to be kind because that is something that I, most of the time, do.

  • I don't have that pain, but when I touch my left ring finger, it hurts so much that I cry.

  • I have the exact pain as described in original post!! I seem to get it when I touch plastics or anything cold or hot. It is like someone putting pins on my little finger on my left hand just below the nail...

    Then it stops and everything is fine like. No marks etc back to normal.

  • I've had the finger pain problem for over 10 years. Only today I was told it could be a glomus tumor. It's totally benign and once removed, the pain completely goes. Please look into it and ask your consultant for a scan for it. Hopefully it will help you.

  • I've had the finger pain problem for over 10 years. It's excruciating at times. It eases when I put it in warm water or in my mouth. Only today I was told it could be a glomus tumor. It's totally benign and once removed, the pain completely goes. Please look into it and ask your consultant for a scan for it. Hopefully it will help you.

  • I've read what a Glomus tumor is and i think that could be it...! I've not noticed the pain to be as severe recently but will deffo keep that in mind if I take it up further. Thanks

  • splinters feeling burned or severe stinging. Mine can be anywhere or everywhere. My nerve pain has a mind of its own! May need to read about pain from fibromyalgia?? Good luck!

  • Definitely see a hand surgeon about glomus tumor. Most people suffer with them for years, see multiple professionals, etc. without diagnosis. Your symptoms are exactly how mine began. Takes an MRI to confirm, but can be removed in day surgery and no more pain. Worth the time and testing if this is it.

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