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Numb finger tip

Big G
31/01/2014
3:14:33 PM
Having numb fingertip may be seen as an advantage by some but for me its at best a weird distraction.

Last night I tried a tough move from a very small crimpy hold several times. By the last attempt my finger tip felt quite sore. This morning the same tip was totally numb and by the afternoon its not much better.

Has anyone else had this happen and or have any ideas why its so numb?

ajfclark
31/01/2014
3:34:51 PM
I've had fingers go numb or tingly, but usually doing finger locks and things, not crimping. Tends to go away after whatever nerve I pissed off calms down again.

Did the hold you were pulling on have quite a sharp edge? Or a little pocket?

Snacks
31/01/2014
3:59:26 PM
On 31/01/2014 Big G wrote:
>Having numb fingertip may be seen as an advantage by some but for me its
>at best a weird distraction.
>
>Last night I tried a tough move from a very small crimpy hold several
>times. By the last attempt my finger tip felt quite sore. This morning
>the same tip was totally numb and by the afternoon its not much better.
>
>Has anyone else had this happen and or have any ideas why its so numb?

Had it happen before, went away after a few days.

You can get a slow adaptation response to high forces on the tips which I now experience as a bit of "permanent" numbness to sharp loads.

In the acute case I did some reading of a few textbooks that had gathered some dust and ended up thinking it was either a "pinched nerve" or an acute adaptation or trauma to the mechanoreceptors in the fingertips which then healed.

Can you feel mild temperature changes? Get pain from extreme hot/cold? Feel the difference between surface roughness?

Or is completely numb?

big g
31/01/2014
6:10:29 PM
Yep, quite a sharp edged little blighter. I can feel temperature changes and a bit of surface texture but the very tip of my finger is definitely still very numb.

Big G
2/02/2014
8:23:57 PM
Still numb....

E. Wells
2/02/2014
8:45:27 PM
Mine is numb too for the same reasons. I have had this happen before as i have tried this particular climb before, and it goes away. You've just completely crushed and mashed the end of it and suffered some nerve damage. Not nearly as annoying as doing a pulley

Big G
2/02/2014
10:05:07 PM
I thought it might have improved by now. Climbed today and it still worked ok.

Snacks
3/02/2014
10:55:57 AM
Peripheral nerves grow at around 1mm day... I guess 2 weeks? should be about the longest a finger tip numbness should take to go away if this was your problem...

But some people have longer fingers than others...
Reluctant
3/02/2014
2:27:51 PM
Worked in construction for 20 years. Every chippy, steel worker knows what you are talking about. I don't know about applied loads etc but smash your finger tips with a hammer or between materials and you live it. Hit one finger three times in 2 days and it was numb for a month.
In some cases it does not come back. Lots of riggers suffer from this due to "nips" from steel.
You might have to give up the violin at concert level.

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