I was pushing a broom (Saturday afternoon) when suddenly the joint closest to the nail on my left ring finger felt very tied. It had already turned a darkish blue in that area. I checked for spider bites. Nothing. Put ice on, no change. The next day (Sunday), the dark area had enlarged. My blood pressure, normally around 125/75 was 155/85. I took some aspirin. Monday morning: the whole finger was dark. The doctor sent me to the hospital to have an ultrasound done. Result negative. Everything clear. I kept taking aspirin (975mg 3 times a day). A week later, the finger looks like the others and the blood pressure has returned to normal.
Has anybody heard of a blood clot in a finger or did it break loose from somewhere else?
OK, however I was only working with a broom handle. I cannot see how I can injure only a single finger. Also, I cannot figure out why my blood pressure would be up for a couple of days after the episode. It took almost a week to come back down to what is normal for me.
You may want to check with a vascular doc,really.my mom had this actually happen a few years ago,and it turned out to be from a clot that was wayyy up in the subclavian artery right before the neck area?only hers didn't actually return to normal til after they had to place an actual stent in that artey.but it was a clot.by taking that aspirin(blood thinning)you probably cleared enough of that clot to return the blood flow,but in all seriousness here,you really DO need to get this checked into a bit further as that,or at least part of that clot could very well still be in there somewhere.this does really truely need further evaluation by a vascular doc,or vascular surgeon.this is who my mom actually sees just for monitoring.
have they ever checked your clotting factors for any abnormalities?my mom,as it turns out has whats called factor five deficiency.it just means she blood has more clotting factors than she should,she is now on blood thinners everyday and has her clotting factors checked out like once a month now.but the clotting can happen in people who do not actually have any sort of blood issues,it just happens sometimes.
just what finger was affected by the blackening?with my mom,it was her forefinger.i never would have thought that by having a clot way up in her subclavian artery would have actually affected her finger like that but it did.i really cannot stress enough to you the importance of actually following this up and having your arterys checked for any other possible clots.they can break off and go to your heart.Please check back with your doc about this and also keep me posted on how things are going with you,K?good luck,FB
it sounds to me like you popped a blood vessel which is no big deal. i do it all the time. one time i grabbed the shampoo bottle i guess the wrong way and that did it. it hurt and stung and it was there for probably a week. it was blue and felt hard.
Thanks for your reply. I had my arteries checked (left side because it was my left ring finger (next to pinky)) and I was told they are all clear. But you are right, the clot (although smaller now, if there was one) could be anywhere.
metro,seriously,as a precaution only,i would definitely get them all checked,not just the one side.those little suckers can move all over the place and can attach themselves to another area that may already have plaque or another accumulation.you just need to be sure.getting your clotting factors checked too so you can possibly start on the low dose enteric baby aspirin thing would possibly also be an option to discuss with your doc.despite the fact that aspirin is contradicted for me because i have still part of a cavernoma inside of my spinal cord,when i had my aneurysm coiled in my brain,i was told that just taking that tiny baby aspirin everyday would help tons in preventing excess crap from building over where the metal is inside my brain.but you need to have your clotting factors checked first to make sure there is no underlying blood issues.good luck,FB
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Thanks. I do understand that but, that is one of the problems. The area on the finger felt tight. As if I had put a bandaid around it but strapped it too tight. There was NO PAIN.
Now, two weeks later. My blood pressure is higher (about 139/80; 15 minutes after I get up) than during the day (122/70). Currently I am measuring it three times a day. Generally only here and there but I have never noticed it to be higher in the morning, after a good night rest!
Interestingly enough, I had taken an "adult dose" (81 mg) of aspiring for a number of years. Perhaps that was a good thing. I will definitely get things checked out next week - after I go to Tijuana, Mexico, to have my sons tooth seen to. He broke part of it off today. We have been going to this dentist for the past 15 years. Holistic dentistry. Very, very good and a hell of a lot cheaper than in the US.