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Chronic pain in left middle finger beneath the nail, nobody knows what it is

Posted In: Muscle conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: Sharkastyc
  • May 21, 2009
  • 10:07 PM

Hello,
I'm a 23 year old female, caucasian, with no previous records of serious illnesses. I had mononucleosis as a child and I'm allergic to penicillin.
I have been taking birth control pills for the last 5 years (Logest) without any bad side effects (all blood tests were normal, swab tests as well).
4 years ago I had a viral infection of warts on my fingers, but I have succesfully treated it and no signs of warts have appeared ever again.
In the last 2 years I have developed severe finger pain, in my left middle finger just beneath the lower right corner of the nail. It was very sensitive to touch and hurt very badly whenever I applied pressure on it. There were no lumps, swellings or changes in either the finger or nail colours whatsoever. I visited my doctor and told her about the problem, she examined my finger and thought there was nothing wrong with it. She told me the problem might lie in the fact that I'm left handed and I developed the pain because of squeezing the pencil too hard while writing. I started writing more carefully but the pain didn't go away. Latelly I have been feeling a pulsating pain sensation in that area and I think the pain has gotten worse. Still, there are no external manifestations of any kind on my finger. None of my other fingers hurt either. Please help me with any kind of response, a similar story or an expert opinion. I know there must be something wrong because the pain is telling me so but noone seems to know what might be causing it.

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  • I have a similar situation (I'm also allergic to PCN by the way) where if I bang or hit the nail of my left middle finger even slightly, I get extreme pain that seems to radiate all the way up my arm and to my central nervous system or heart or something. I abates after a minute or so, but the pain is EXTREME compared to the injury (even the slightest hit).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2011
    • 06:25 PM
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  • My pain hasn't subsided, though. Since the time I've posted this, I took an X-ray, which showed there was nothing wrong. I suspected all sorts of things, fungus, tumors, grown-in nails, but I got no manifestation of any of these. The finger and nail colour and shapes are normal, there is no sign of inflammation whatsoever. It just hurts like ***l when I apply even the slightest pressure to this one point. I have also noticed it hurts by itself sometimes when the outside temperature changes. I talked to my doctor about it, and we have concluded it might be a damaged nerve ending. That could make sense, considering I had viral warts on my fingers one year before this pain appeared and I have treated them with liquid nitrogen, which is at -196 degrees Celsius, so some damage could have occured then.
    Sharkastyc 1 Replies
    • August 11, 2011
    • 07:34 AM
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  • Hi, I don't know if anyone will read this but for what it's worth... I have had a similar problem to the second poster for the last 13-14 years. My problem finger is the ring finger of my left hand (I'm right handed). Most of the time it's fine, but if I get the slightest tap (even tapping another fingernail on it) the pain I feel is excruciating. It also starts throbbing if the weather is cold. Today, it has started throbbing with no apparent cause. When I squeeze the finger under my nail (no pain) and it looks like there might be some bruising or something right in the painful spot. I've always attributed it to the fact that I had acrylic nails for about 12 months, and I had a bad nail break on that finger, and it never seemed to come right. With this new development, I may seek medical advice (on the off chance it will help!). Will update you if I have any news :)
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 20, 2015
    • 08:41 AM
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  • I experience something very similar. Also allergic to penicillin (seems to be a common theme here). I don't know how that would attribute to an invisible sensitive pain in the left middle finger, but anyway...The pain is on the right side of the finger where the nail meets with the skin on the side. It doesn't seem ingrown or anything, and I've been playing with the skin in that area to make it all go away somehow, but nothing I can think of short of chopping that whole section off and letting it regrow, would fix the problem. I see this was posted in 09; how is your finger doing in 15? xP
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 6, 2015
    • 08:34 PM
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  • I am a 30year old male. I seem to have a very similar problem. I am also allergic to penicillin. My pain is under the right middle finger nail but it goes away a lot of times. Lately the cold weather severely affects it, like an unbearable throbbing pain like my fingernail is going to split open. I work around a lot of water all day(tile setter). I've had compressed and herniated discs in my neck. I have not seeked medical attention. I've only had it about a year or 2, it's just been getting worse. I also have no visual physical symptoms on or around the nail, everything appears fine. I believe it's a nerve damage of some sort related to my neck injury but have no proof.
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  • I have the same problem for over 5 years. Problem is under the root of the middle finger nail. I'm not allergic to anything and don't remember any big injury. Doctors did x-rays, ultrasound,... and found nothing. They don't know what's causing it. Usually it doesn't hurt, but if by accident it is touched by keys or something, the pain is so sharp, that you can think somebody cutted your finger. The pain is lancinating to the heart. After some time pain goes away. Does anyone have any advice what doctor to visit or what is causing that?
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  • I have also have a pain on my left hand on my middle finger. With my palm facing away from me, the area is the under the lower left part of my nail. It only hurts when I press on that area, but when pressed it is intense pain. I've had this pain for over a year and usually forget about it because it only happens when that area is pressed on which is pretty rare. It is very odd.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 6, 2016
    • 04:26 PM
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