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Mom said it was a little spot
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03/18/02 01:56
Karen Rapp

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03/18/02 01:56
Karen Rapp

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Mom said it was a little spot

Hi, I knew this stuff on my palm had a name! I've always said I'm glad it's on my palm and not my face though. Ha. I'm almost 50 years old and my mom says I was born with a little spot in the middle of my palm. My hand does not contract, but it does have plenty of bumpy yellowy thickness with pits on my palm and little and ring fingers, with a bit on my pointer finger. I haven't ever known anyone else wiht this, except a bit about Pres. Reagan having surgery for it. It's interesting to me that most of the people I've read postsa about on this web site seem to have a different version of it. Mine must be the slow growing kind, I guess.

03/18/02 01:07
Karen Rapp

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03/18/02 01:07
Karen Rapp

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More on me

I forgot to say my great grandparents are from Denmark.

And that I had no pain....although I thought I had carpel tunnel at one time, I figured out my problem was all in my neck being pinched when I slept or talked on the phone with the phone tucked in my neck (ouch). So now, (that was ten years ago), I have no more hot, painful wrists if I sleep correctly, and stand or sit with a straight spine.
It's only in my right hand, with no bending of the fingers.

I love finding out all this stuff, just with a click or two.
I love the internet.

03/18/02 01:18
Gary Evans

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03/18/02 01:18
Gary Evans

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No kidding!

Karen,
Mine was just like yours. They are called "dermal pits". I had them for about 5 years and then when I reached age 55, my little finger went from 0 to 90 degrees contraction in less than a year. There was never any pain. Some people have nodules which can be painful.
Check out wesite at:
www.baylorhealth.com/Proceedings/14_4/14_4_flatt.pdf

03/19/02 01:49
Karen Rapp

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03/19/02 01:49
Karen Rapp

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No kidding!

I'm approaching that age fast. The end of April is my 50th birthday. So what you are saying is that you were born with this, like me, or that you had it at an early age?
And yours looked like pitted bumpy thick skin for a long time with no contracture and then all of a sudden, it contracted?
All the photos I've looked at on the Web just show the contracture... or maybe it's just hard to see the skin.
I scanned my palm and I have a photo of my affected palm, if you are interested, email me for it.
Tell me all about your palm please. :)
thank you so much

03/19/02 01:55
Karen Rapp

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03/19/02 01:55
Karen Rapp

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duh

Duh! after I was finished typing, I read your post that said when you got this...just 5 years before. Sorry. Since I've had this all my life, it has to be a different thing, but I haven't seen anyone talk aobut it and haven't found any info on the web about it. You see, I'm hoping it's so sssllloow growing that it never gets to the contracture stage. If that's where this thing on my hand is headed anyway. Tell me more about what your hand looked like. Because when I look at web photos, they show large bumps from the fiberous stuff going around the tendons and they don't look like pitted thick bumpy yellow skin.

03/19/02 01:33
Karen Rapp

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03/19/02 01:33
Karen Rapp

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Just read the .pdf from the address you gave

Wow, that was a lot of info, the most I've seen yet. It makes me question why my toes/feet tend to got to sleep sometimes...like when I'm exercsing or jogging and I have my shoes not laced loosly. If they are the slightest bit tight (I do have Plantar Fascitis) then they go to sleep. Hope it does not happen to my feet.

I still want totalk to someone who has had it as long as I have...since birth, so far no contracture, only bad skin on my plam. I 'd like to know if they have the same experiences as I have. I have never seen a Doctor who specialses in this...Maybe I could call and make an appt.

03/19/02 01:44
Karen Rapp

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03/19/02 01:44
Karen Rapp

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I want to say that this thick yellow pitted skin covers 75% of my plam on my right hand. It covers maybe 80% of the palm side of my ring finger and about 20% of my little finger, and about 10-15% of my pointer finger. It's right in the middle of my palm wiht the outside edge and the thumb edge being normal skin.

03/19/02 01:34
Gary Evans

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03/19/02 01:34
Gary Evans

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I need treatment

Karen,
Many people who have the "dermal pits" never experience the contraction. What you will find out is that DC can react in many different ways. When asked about my surgery at my golf country club, there were about 15 people in the room at the time. The really interesting occurrance was that 6 of these people had DC. Some thought they were some kind of a callous, others had no idea what they had. They just knew something wasn't right, but it didn't bother them. All had skin as you describe it and what I had pre-contraction and surgery.
What is also interesting is the skin condition like you have is generally painless, while people who have the "nodules" can experience quite a bit of pain on occasion.
There is still much debate whether there is a triggering mechanism that gets the contraction started. Most studies indicate it is probably a genetic clock that is set to a different time for different people. It is interesting that so many had it where I golf, however, indicating that stress in certain parts of the hand might trigger a reaction. The debate goes on and often in the courts, when people claim workplace causes. The courts have continually decided that it is genetic and not work related.
It is good to read all of the posts on this board and the various websites. It is an interesting disease.
Gary

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