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Alcohol and Dupuytrens
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04/25/19 21:15
axosu1 
04/25/19 21:15
axosu1 
Alcohol and Dupuytrens

What are some thoughts/experiences with Dupuytrens and alcohol? Has anyone stopped drinking alcohol and noticed an improvement in their symptoms?

04/25/19 21:48
wach 

Administrator

04/25/19 21:48
wach 

Administrator

Re: Alcohol and Dupuytrens

I guess it depends on how you are drinking. A recent paper analyzed patients in the Netherlands and showed that the probability to develop Dupuytren's increases neasurably already with two glasses of wine per day. That does NOT mean that Dupuytren's get better when you are stopping to drink.

For more details you might read the paragraph on https://www.dupuytren-online.info/dupuyt...ontracture.html .

Wolfgang

04/25/19 22:15
axosu1 
04/25/19 22:15
axosu1 
Re: Alcohol and Dupuytrens

Wolfgang,

Thank you for your response.

I wonder because my symptoms progressed rapidly from the end of summer (August 2018) to now. During that time, I drank more than I have in the past. I also drank more spirits (gin, bourbon, etc...) than beer as I have in the past. Interesting how my symptoms escalated during this time. I am not an alcoholic but I have been drinking 1-2 drinks per evening during this time period. Previously, I may have drank 1-2 times per week if that much.


Sincerely,

Ax

04/25/19 22:57
Luciferette 
04/25/19 22:57
Luciferette 
Re: Alcohol and Dupuytrens

Hi, I’m currently doing an experiment to answer this exact same question! My disease started young and has progressed rapidly (contractures on both hands). I drank a lot in my twenties and thirties, and until recently I had a couple of glasses of wine most nights.
I’m now on day 16 of no alcohol which, considering I’ve not gone more than a few days without a drink in twenty years, is miraculous. The two new nodules (started after pinky surgery in February) on my left ring finger DEFINITELY seem less tender and angry. They were pretty painful and I’m sure they’re not as sore now.
Another huge benefit is that my severe birch/grass pollen allergy is nowhere near as bad. The week before I went sober I was already on steroids for pollen-induced hives and swelling. Not had one outbreak of hives since I stopped.
So, my experiment seems to show that for me, alcohol (even in relatively small amounts) worsens two long-term conditions that I thought I could do nothing about. I’m not saying I’ve quit drinking — a life without champagne is unimaginable! — but I’ve found the past fortnight fairly easy, and a real revelation health-wise.
I’d be fascinated to hear others’ thoughts and experiences on this subject. Cheers!

04/25/19 23:38
axosu1 
04/25/19 23:38
axosu1 
Re: Alcohol and Dupuytrens

I'm glad you are experimenting and trying to analyze its possible affects.

I am planning on lessening my consumption as well and will let all know my findings.

To mention again, I started drinking 1-2 drinks per night just as a slight lifestyle change. I became interested in craft cocktails. Previously, I did not drink that often and it would typically be beer. Btw, I am just turning 50 this month.

Soooo, since I started drinking spirits each night after work/ with my dinner, instead of a couple beers once or twice a week at most - my condition began and progressed quickly. I had no conception of dupuytrens before the summer(2018) and now I am one of the unlucky ones with intense needlelike pain much of the time on each palm.

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