Post # 1
So, I think I’ve broken a small bone in my hand. I can’t lift anything heavier than a cereal box, I can’t twist off the lids to jars/soda bottles/beauty products, etc, and it hurts to touch the otp of my hand.
I haven’t been for x-rays yet because my hand is very swollen, especially my ring finger, which is the closest finger to where the pain is coming from, and I’m afraid that they’ll cut off my wedding set. I can’t get it off! II’ve tried icing my hand, and warm water, and lotion. Nothing is working. I don’t know what to do! Pulling on the rings doesn’t move them at all, and it just makes it hurt worse. Help!
Post # 3
@Susanlee178: Time for a doctor visit. Sorry to say it but I think your finger is more important at this point. You do want your finger, right? They might be able to give you an injection to take down the swelling and remove your rings that way. Only one way to find out…
Post # 4
@Susanlee178: take some ibuprofen, keep it elevated and ice it. See if the swelling will go down, you should get it looked at though.
Post # 5
Take some advil, and let it kick in. Then try KY jelly… gross image I know, but that is what jewelers, if thave behind the counter just in case. However, if that does not work, I would let them cut it off. If it is a simple setting, it can esaily be fixed. If it is not… it may need some TLC, but you cannot leave an injury.
feel better 😉
Post # 6
It’s your ring or your finger, get to an ER!
Post # 7
Agree with YUN01.
Swelling unlikely to go down soon.
You could cut off circulation to your finger.
PLEASE get medical attention.
Post # 8
have you tried the dental floss method?
Post # 9
Argggh. I know you guys are right. I think it’s what is called a “boxer’s fracture” to my 4th metacarpal. Alright, headed to the ER. 🙁 But trying that KY thing first.
Post # 10
This happened to a coworker of mine about a year ago. (It turned out to be a torn tendon – this was after about an hour of another coworker – who was convinced it was dislocated – trying to “pop it back into place.” :shudder: No, we don’t work in a medical setting.) He saw an orthopedist, who removed the ring without cutting it. He couldn’t wear it for a long time, though.
Go to a walk-in clinic – they probably see this kind of situation all the time.
Post # 11
@Susanlee178: The nurses at the urgent care centre can remove it with fine string or dental floss , or you can try it yourself.
Most people who try the dental floss or string technique don’t wrap the floss or string tight enough. We ER nurses are trained to be hard hearted and just wrap tight. The momentary discomfort the patient feels is worth it.
This is how we do it in the ER without cutting the ring.
Take a long piece of string or dental floss. Slip one end under the ring starting from the outside edge of the ring ( the side nearest your fingertip). Leave that end long enough that you can get a grip on it later -at least 8-10″.
Wrap the string that is still on the outside edge of the ring really tightly and close together to squish down the swelling and basically force the fluid up over the knuckle toward the finger tip.Keep wrapping tightly and close together until the wound up string is over the first knuckle.
Now grab hold of the end of the string that you left on the side towards your hand and pull it up and towards the finger tip. Unwind that end of the string . The ring will be wound in circles over the wound tightly string until it spins over your knuckle.
Here is a video:
Post # 12
The people in the ER took off my rings by icing my fingers, then they wound dental tape round my fingers to get the rings off.
Post # 13
@Susanlee178: Try Windex before you go! But glad you’re going in to get it checked.. hope it’s not broken!
Post # 14
@julies1949: My husband is a nurse. I’ll get him to try this while we wait, I’m sure I’ve got floss in my purse.
Post # 15
Dental floss method! Look it up on youtube. It totally works.