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Pain in Knuckles
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01/19/07 11:31
caleb2003

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01/19/07 11:31
caleb2003

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Pain in Knuckles


I've been diagnosed with early DC by a hand surgeon in the UK, after a trigger finger operation left scarring which is now a nodule, my hand doesn't quite lie flat on a table.
That Dr signed me off as he said there was nothing more he could do but the main problem I have is the hand is very painful, mainly around the knuckle above the nodule (right ring finger).
If I shake hands with someone it really hurts and if I bang the back of my hand then I'm in agony for a good few minutes.

I emailed Dr Lermesaux who stated he could do Knuckle caps?? does anyone know what this means?

I also have an appointment arranged in 3 weeks for Dr Harvey in Chester and am hoping he will do NA if appropriate and discuss the knuckles.

The problem I have is that I'm emigrating in about 4 wekks so am worried that if Mr Harvey tells me to come back at a later date (in the NHS style!) then I won't be able to get it sorted as there are no practitioners in Aus.

So was thinking of going to paris enroute but will the procedure render me useless at lifting, gripping etc?

Thanks for any answers

01/20/07 13:02
Sean 
01/20/07 13:02
Sean 
Re: Pain in Knuckles

I started getting knuckle pads in my late 20's. First one on a pinky, then the other, then all but one and thumbs have pads.
When I first got them, same thing - shaking hands was painful and hitting them on something was excruciating.
I had the first one surgically removed. Just outpatient, I was awake. A few years later, I had 3 fingers done on the other hand.
THEY ALL CAME BACK. The surgeon who removed the Dupes in my left hand said they really should have never been removed because they always come back.(An orthopedic surgeon removed the pads). He also said the 2 are related. I also have had multiple Cortisone shots (not much fun) on the pads, which shrinks them for a year or so and then it's time to go back.
I am 44 now and the pain from the pads has lessened greatly but they are always stiff. I have given up on them even though I don't like the lumpy knuckles. Plus the Dupes is back in the left hand and I now have it in the right hand.
I would do some research on pads and talk to someone before having them removed.
I wish you luck!

01/22/07 08:35
caleb2003

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01/22/07 08:35
caleb2003

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Re: Pain in Knuckles

I don't have any lumps in my knuckles at all so although the symptoms are the same maybe its something different?

01/22/07 08:51
wach 

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01/22/07 08:51
wach 

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Re: Pain in Knuckles

The answer is probably "may be, maybe not". Typical knuckle pads (Garrod's pads) develop on top of the middle (PIP) joints. They are statistically related to Dupuytren but physically independent of the usual Dupuytren cords and nodules. But Dupuytren nodules can also develop on the side of a joint, the joint will then look thicker and maybe also a little inflamed. While knuckle pads often develop on all finges, a "side nodule" usually only appears on an individual finger (as normal nodules do). It will hurt when pressed. In your specific case only a doctor by inspecting your finger can properly diagnose what you are really suffering from.

Something else: when seeing Dr. Harvey, could you do us a favor, ask him whether it is OK to publish his contact data on the web site of Dupuytren Society and provide us with more detailed contact data?

Thanks a lot!

Wolfgang

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I don't have any lumps in my knuckles at all so although the symptoms are the same maybe its something different?


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