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Northbird 

Northbird 
Hello from Michigan!

So I'm 63, female, skilled trades, northern European (grew up in Scotland mostly.) Self-diagnosed Dupuytren after seeing a John Elway commercial for DD, googled images,, and I'm like woah that's what I have! Noticed lumps (nodules) in my left palm last summer but chalked it up to manual work, age related calluses and what I've done for a living for over 40 years. Now it's on my left palm too.

No other symptoms but have had some itching on my right palm. I can flatten my hand and fingers operate normally. Talked with my primary and he referred me to a hand specialist who deals with Dupuytrens but she is not seeing new patients. So long story short, I should not even worry about this unless/until I have further symptoms, right?

spanishbuddha 

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spanishbuddha 

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Re: Hello from Michigan!

Northbird:
So I'm 63, female, skilled trades, northern European (grew up in Scotland mostly.) Self-diagnosed Dupuytren after seeing a John Elway commercial for DD, googled images,, and I'm like woah that's what I have! Noticed lumps (nodules) in my left palm last summer but chalked it up to manual work, age related calluses and what I've done for a living for over 40 years. Now it's on my left palm too.

No other symptoms but have had some itching on my right palm. I can flatten my hand and fingers operate normally. Talked with my primary and he referred me to a hand specialist who deals with Dupuytrens but she is not seeing new patients. So long story short, I should not even worry about this unless/until I have further symptoms, right?
Hi Northbird

Most people do not progress to a contracture. Now you are aware just keep an eye on it, both hands, any new soreness, tingling, itching you mention, new nodules or development of string like cords, or skin pits. Worth getting a confirmed diagnosis, but no treatment until there is a contracture, except RT if it suddenly seems to take off. There are risk factors you might want to be aware off, and injury or trauma to the hands, wrist are up there, so maybe start protecting them a bit more than before for sport, DIY, manual tasks, etc. Have a read on our website, maybe join the FB groups, form an idea of a plan if it does start progressing and carry on with your life.

Best wishes SB

Northbird 

Northbird 
Re: Hello from Michigan!

Thanks! I'm not worried at this point, though I agree getting a confirmed dx is a good idea (assuming I can get a specialist to see me in person.)

Excellent suggestion to wear gloves! I lift weights several times a week and have thought of getting gloves...I am looking on Amazon and think this is a great idea for work as well. I also joined the fb group. Thanks. :-)

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