I have osteoarthritis in my fingers. While carrying groceries into the house, the grocery bag cut into the nerve on my index finger. My doctor says it's because I don't have any cushioning between my nerves and my bones in my fingers and said that if the nerve repairs itself, it should do so within 8 weeks. Otherwise it will be numb forever. My question is that I have a severely handicapped adult child that I have to take care of daily. It's difficult to change diapers, do up buttons etc. Am I doing further damage by continuing to do this? Should my finger be protected so the nerve grows back (ie. a cast or something as I'm afraid that I may put further pressure on it)? If after 8 weeks it doesn't grow back, is there a surgery that I can go through to assist it in doing so?
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