I hyperextended a finger yesterday while rolling. This isn't the first time I have hyperextended one. In fact, I hyperextended this same finger almost seven years ago to the day (a week before my wedding... my ring finger no less... at my bachelor party). Anyway, I wasn't doing jiu-jitsu back then, so I had all the time in the world to splint it and let it heal. Now, I just want to get back on the mats. I rolled with it today by taping it to my middle finger, which helped some, but now the swelling at the knuckle is worse for the exertion (who needs the Rest in R.I.C.E. anyway?). Oh, and did I mention it hurt like a mother-sonofa-frick-a-frack-rasum-frasum the whole time?!?? Two guys escaped chokes because I just couldn't put any more stress on it. *sigh* And it continues to hurt and now is a lovely shade of purple, despite the ice, ibuprofen, splinting, and elevation. I'm not going to see a doctor because I know what he will do: splint it and tell me to keep it immobilized until it heals. I've been down that road. No point spending $350 for that advice. My athletic tape and popsicle stick make a good splint. So that leads me to my dilemma: how long to take off? Anyone else rolling with a hyperextended finger or have a good thought about how long to take off? I see a lot of guys who tape their fingers up, so I wondered if they know something I don't. Taking off any time is killing me for something so small (anyone got a meat cleaver? Monday is just around the corner!!!). On the other hand, I don't want to end up worse in the long run. Should I take off until it hurts less? Then again, I don't mind rolling through some pain. Good, common sense advice/insight would be appreciated, as the jiu-jitsu on my brain won't let me think straight.