Broken blood vessel in finger joint

  1. Math Is Hard

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    Friday morning I was sitting at my desk when I felt this burning sensation in my left hand. Suddenly the middle joint of my index finger started swelling up and it was very painful. Then the middle joint turned purple and looked like it had been hit with a hammer.

    It's been two days now and the bruising is almost gone, but I am still mystified that this could happen while I was sitting there doing nothing. I googled "broken blood vessel in finger joint" and it seems that this happens to other people without injury or any apparent cause.

    Ever heard of anything like that?
     
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  3. TubbaBlubba

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    Nope, but I'd look it up with a physician, obviously. Since you don't know what caused it, you don't know if the same thing could happen to other vessels.
     
  4. the only time that happens to me is from some kind of trauma.
     
  5. Could be a vitamin K deficiency or liver damage.

    A good medical doctor would test for Prothrombin.
     
  6. Evo

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    Good grief MIH! That doesn't sound normal.
     
  7. turbo

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    Nothing that happens to you is normal! You are not qualified to advise the Hooper in this matter.

    I am not qualified either, though it still surprises me to run across a friend who has experienced a blood-vessel rupture only to see that 1/2 of the white of their eye is bright red.
     
  8. Math Is Hard

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    I think I'm going to step up my vitamin K. I'm nibbling lettuce now.
    My diet has been really poor the past month. If it happens again, I'll show the doc.
     
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  10. Astronuc

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    You should report it to your doctor anyway. Let him/her decide if you should come in for a check up. Ruptured blood vessels not caused by an impact or load could be a warning sign. If one hasn't had a blood test in many years, perhaps it is time.

    May be it's time to add some spinach and chard to the diet.
     
  11. Monique

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    MIH, that's not normal. You should really consult a doc, don't wait for it to happen again.
     
  12. lisab

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    Right...what if it happened in a more critical place than your finger?
     
  13. Let me just chime in and say: go see a doctor, and in the meantime take a picture or two of it to show him or her. This could be nothing, or it could be anything up to a small break one of your phalanges, releasing blood or marrow into the joint space. This is not necessarily doom, but it is something to verify as to nature and cause. Do not begin a regimen intended to treat this without medical supervision, please.

    To lisab: ...Or what if it occurs somewhere less critical, but forms a clot which symbolizes? Any way you look at this, you need a doctor to take a look at this, and if I were your doctor I would order a full differential CBC, vitamin panel, and maybe a few other tests for fun *kidding on the fun*. Do not take this as a sign of impending doom, but do not take it as some normal event.
     
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