Has anyone ever experienced a string/nerve splinter when playing?

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  1. JonL

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    Hello all!

    I started my normal playing routine this morning for about 3 hours, when this happened - https://imgur.com/X372GKj - I am curious to see if anyone here has experienced anything like this before? If so, any tips for getting around this, other than TLC & waiting?



    This truly FEELS like a wood splinter or just having a foreign object inside my finger tip, but I think it might be more along the lines of a "Phantom" splinter, or a nerve irritation bruise. I have also read about string splinters, but not entirely sure that is what this is. This has now rendered my middle finger useless and is extremely irritated when in contact with the general area.


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    - PROBLEM SOLVED - Was a wood splinter after all. Thank you.
     
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    So...do you have a splinter?
     
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    Maybe? I can't tell honestly. It is a strange phenomenon to not be sure if there is a foreign object inside my finger OR just a nerve bruising. I HATE THIS!
     
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    Why don't you just pull it out? It Certainly looks like theres something sticking out of your finger
     
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    The simplest explanation would be that’s a splinter off of your fretboard.
     
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    Good advice. I should probably edit the initial post, but I definitely attempted this. Sterile tweezers, alcohol, warm water, squeezing, pulling, prodding. I have even tried the sugar/soap method, among other splinter removal ideas (other than waiting it out of course). No dice. Just more irrigation unfortunately.
     
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    Did you try cutting it open with the tip of a knife? I've had some that were in too far to get out, and I was able to get it cut open enough to pull it out with tweezers.
     
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    Magnesium Sulfate paste, draw it out
     
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    I use a needle to sort of pick the skin open directly open above the shallowest end of the splinter till it's exposed and can be pulled out with tweezers. I find a knife is too easy to cut too deep, where as a needle just digs in precisely where i want it.

    I push the needle into the skin at a very shallow angle (same angle as the splinter usually) , then pull it directly upwards to break a layer of skin apart right above the splinter. I've never had to do it deep enough that it starts bleeding, but maybe that's just luck and i've not had an incredibly deep splinter.

    It hurts sometimes, but i'd rather the thing was out.
     
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    I've used a sewing needle before. Sterilize it first obviously.
     

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