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diana

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diana

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Has anyone tried any form of exercise or physical therapy? I don't see much mention of that. I have just been diagnosed a week or so ago with DC in the little finger of my left hand. The knuckle is bruised looking and swollen but has not started to contract yet. It is becoming sore and tight feeling when I bend it. I had frozen shoulder 2 to 3 years ago and had physical therapy. They said if I hadn't torn the adhesions on my shoulder joint that it would have frozen permanently. I don't see why the same would not be true. I don't see what there is to lose by trying. Does anyone have any positive or negative experience to offer? I did see one post from an 83 year old gentleman who was diagnosed 45 years ago and whose doctor told him to keep stretching his fingers and he never progressed further.

Gary Evans

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Gary Evans

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Diana,
You asked the question about exercise and PT a couple of weeks ago and many of us said that we thought you would be taking a risk. From what I have read stretching and "breaking loose" this tissue will only stimulate the growth of the diseased tissue. For ledderhose disease (DC of the foot), stretching and exercise is very damaging. Remember, your DC might not ever start contracting. I would be leery of doing something that might get it going.

You sound as though you would like to try it, however. It is your finger, go for it.
Gary

rita bryant

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rita bryant

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My doctor told me to do physical therapy on my 'DC pinky 'that involved the use of a rubber band. Since I was just diagnosed, I followed the doctor's orders for a few days... No more pinky exercises for me! Man...My finger got SO much worse in a very short time!

Michael W. Fuller

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Michael W. Fuller

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Just diagnosed -what I have decided to do

I have just been diagnosed with this disease. So far, no lumps/nodes, no curling. I am panning, at age 64, to resume exercise regimen of Soloflex (curls, bench press, pushups - the latter which necessitate plams FLAT). Doctore recommended continuation of normal routine at this time. If I experience numbing, tingling, or curling, I am to go in for immediate consultation. I also have som form of Carpal (sp??) Tunnel.

I also htake glusomine chonriten (sp?) for arthirits in hips I stretch and run 23 miles a day or every other day. My remedy at this time is to stretch and wrok through the pian. It helps.

Copmments, please, from your experience. NO COMMERCIAL JUNK, THOUGH!

Thank you.

Michael W. Fuller

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Michael W. Fuller

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CORRECTON!

I just read my message. It reads: "I run 23 miles a day or very other day." NO! I meant to type, I run 2-3 miles day or every other day. Such info could make a difference.

Gary Evans

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Gary Evans

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Michael,
How were you diagnosed with no lumps/nodules or contraction?
I think you are asking for trouble. It is going to be your personal choice about what is most important for you. Can you alter your program and still get the same physical benefits? That shouldn't be that difficult. Running probably won't be a problem with good shoes. As soon as a nodule appears in the middle of your arch, pay attention. DC is worse in the feet.
You need to read the posts on this forum and save yourself some trouble.
Also, be careful of the advice you get from doctors about DC. Many are not as informed as you would expect. I have several good friends who are GPs and the specific knowledge about DC is not there.
Gary

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