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Old 11-23-2011, 08:34 PM
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Default Medical question... gray skin (stitches photo)

Josh got stitches for accidentally cutting himself with a hatchet. Here are the stitches:


One whole side of his thumb has no feeling anymore. It's starting to turn grayish and when he tried to ice it he said he couldn't feel the coldness of the ice.

Is this something that would be part of the healing process possibly or is this something he should seek medical attention for?
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:36 PM
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I would say it's worth a phonecall - yes.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:51 PM
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Greyish could mean it's not getting any oxygen which can cause necrosis which you dooooon't want.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:08 PM
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Yes, if it's grey I would wager a guess that it's not getting oxygen and/or enough blood supply - definitely not good.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:14 PM
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Definitely call the doctor. The fact that the the whole side of the thumb is numb is a red flag to me. If the skin feels cold (when there's no ice on it) I'd even consider a trip to emergency.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:27 PM
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Back to the ER!!

And keep us updated.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:42 PM
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Oh man. Poor Josh. Vibes and prayers for his thumb. Has it been numb ever since the injury or is that new? There may be nerve damage from the injury but the grey skin sounds scary.
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Matt says:

A couple of possibilities come to mind. The first is possible nerve damage, but given the delayed onset, I find that one unlikely.

The second is compartment syndrome. This is caused when pressure builds up within a compartment of the body due to swelling, bleeding or other fluid shift. Since the connective tissue that surrounds our various body compartments don't stretch the pressure builds up and circulation is impaired. This leads to bad things, namely tissues starved of oxygen (ischemia), dying (infarction) and breaking down (necrosis). If you haven't seen a Doctor yet, you should.

Compartment syndrome can be recognized by the 5 P's:
- Pallor (that's the gray colour thing)
- Pulselessness (only if the artery is effected, rare sign)
- Pain (usually out of proportion to the injury)
- Paresthesia (pins and needles, impaired sensation)
- Paralysis (numb, unable to move)

Your husband has at least two of those.

Go to the hospital. It's serious.

But don't call an Ambulance. Nothing can be done to fix it in the truck.
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It kinda looks infected too.

I hope it feels better soon!!!!
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Here's a more recent pic of his thumb. You can see where its turning gray and the gray color is a little darker than it was earlier. I'm going to call the doctor.

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