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Do I have Dupuytren~sq~s?
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11/15/03 01:43
Catherine

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11/15/03 01:43
Catherine

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Do I have Dupuytren~sq~s?

Hi, I am new to this forum. In January 2003 I developed a large, painless, pea-sized lump near the center of my palm, about an inch below my fourth finger. So far my fingers work fine. Do I have Dupuytren's or what? I assume this is considered a precursor to Dupuytren's and my finger may eventually be affected. Please advise, thanks. Catherine

11/16/03 01:34
Tom M

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11/16/03 01:34
Tom M

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Could be...

Catherine:
This is frequently the way Dupuytrens begins. Sometimes it does not progress beyond the nodules, but in other instances it can advance rapidly. The progression, as well as treatments, seems to vary significantly among individuals. However, there are some bits of advice that seem to be common (avoid vitamin C, moderate alcohol consumption, etc). I encourage you to read broadly... look back through postings on this site and you will find a broad array of experiences and information, as well as links to other helpful sites. Don't hesitate to ask questions or to post your experiences.

Good luck with it.

Tom M

11/16/03 01:03
Concerned

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11/16/03 01:03
Concerned

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Get thee to a rheumatologist!

Catherine;

For starters; visit-http://jvm.com/wstagner/dlinks.htm

for the best available information.

11/16/03 01:51
DPM

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11/16/03 01:51
DPM

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Get thee to a rheumatologist!

Yes, you have the classic sign: the nodule.
My GP and another doctor didn't know anything about DC; they referred me to a rheumatologist and the DC diagnosis only occurred by him. He said to lay off using the computer for hours at a time at work...

12/06/03 01:01
Jan

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12/06/03 01:01
Jan

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Dupuytren~sq~s Disease

Hi,
I went last week to my dermatologist as I have a pea size nodule in the middle of my right palm. He said it's probably nothing and he wouldn't do anything with it. So I asked him if for the name of a orthopeadic doctor just to have it checked to give me piece of mind that it was not cancerous. I went to the hand surgeon yesterday and he asked me what my ancestry was. I told him I am Scottish, Irish and German. He said this disease is genetic and usually occurs in people of Nordic descent. He asked if I had any family members who had this condition. I told him not that I know of. He said it's Dupuytren's Disease which I've never heard of. He said he wouldn't do anything right now and he wants to follow up in 3 months to see if it progresses. Can surgery help if it progresses?

12/06/03 01:38
Randy H.

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12/06/03 01:38
Randy H.

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Avoid Surgery

Jan,

You've come to the right place! You will learn much by reading these posts. Also, be sure to read the info on

http://jvm.com/wstagner/main.htm

Chances are you may never need a procedure to correct a "contracture" of your fingers. Just leave the bump alone! But if you do, a new and less invasive procedure called "NA" is now being performed in the US. See:

http://www.handcenter.org/

Avoid Surgery at all costs

God bless,

Randy

12/07/03 01:47
Paddleford

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12/07/03 01:47
Paddleford

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My symptoms are a little different...

so I too have the question: is this really DC? I seem to be at what I've learned is stage 0: no contracture, but the nodule on the palm. BUT my other symptoms, which I have not seen mentioned anywhere else on this site: upon awakening I cannot bend my fingers (on both hands) in to my palms -- it is as if they are stiff and swollen (though they don't look swollen) The tops of my fingers feel very tight, thus I can't bend my fingers in to my palms. Within an hour though, my range of motion is almost normal, though it aches to bend my fingers into my palms.

does anyone else have this early symptom? It seems to be exactly the opposite problem of what the later stages are, thus I question my rheumatologist's diagnosis.

12/07/03 01:14
mary

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12/07/03 01:14
mary

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dupuytrin~sq~s if so what can i do about it

i have lumps in my right palm near the M. first one came this summer below the middle finger. within a couple of months a second one in the M below my ring finger. now one between the second one and the ring finger. surgeon says when the dupuytrin's is bad enough we will operate. I am an artis and, like everyone else, do not want to loose use of my hands. for several days I have been rubbing castor oil on them and, though lumps are smaller (I think), there'is more pain and stiffness.

could someone tell me if a "ganglion problem" is the same as dupuytrin's. Another artist friend said she had ganglion problems and they went away.

thank you so much for any help

mary

12/07/03 01:22
mary

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12/07/03 01:22
mary

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dupuytrin~sq~s

Tom M, i saw your message to someone else about vitamin c. I have been taking lots of it these two weeks to stave off a cold, and my lumps are worse. Thank you. I thought the worsening might be due to massaging with castor oil once a day for last four days, a treatment an indian group used in mexico to reduce scar tissue. are these things scar tissue?

mary

12/07/03 01:55
Dolocita

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12/07/03 01:55
Dolocita

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Stiffness of fingers

Paddleford,
My symptoms are very similar to yours. I was diagnosed with Dupuytren's. In the morning my hands are so stiff I can't bend my fingers. If I take a nap the same thing happens. After a while there is improvement, but right hand is the worst. I can't make a fist. No contracture yet, but numerous nodules and a chord in right palm. I thought it was arthritis but doctor says it's DC.

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