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Pregnancy and Dupuytren~sq~s
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06/22/01 02:35
L.

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06/22/01 02:35
L.

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Pregnancy and Dupuytren~sq~s

Since DC is usually diagnosed in males in their 50s and 60s, I am guessing that there is little information about the implications of pregnancy on DC progression, or the impact of DC on pregnancy.

As a 32-year-old woman who wants to have children, this topic is important to me. I would like to become pregnant in the next year, but I am concerned that pregnancy might speed the progression of the DC.

Do any of you have information about this topic? Are there other women of child-bearing age in this forum?

L.

06/26/01 02:25
Liz 
06/26/01 02:25
Liz 
Stress, DC, and pregnancy

I had my first nodule in my foot removed when I was 22. Subsequently, I had my son when I was 25, and then twin daughters when I was 27. I did not have any more problems with dupuytren's until the nodules started to appear on my knuckles during my late 30's. The nodules appeared in my palms in my mid 40's and I have really been battling the problem since then. I am now 50 and scheduled for my third hand surgery.

I did not feel that the pregnancy added to my progression at all. But from all of the postings on this sight, it seems like this disease is very individualized in regard to progression.

You will have to make your own choice, but I personally think that if you are going to have a rapid progression it will happen no matter what you do.

I do not drink alcohol much, I don't smoke. I take vitamins and exercise and yet the disease is progressing rapidly. I have had a lot of stress in recent years, and I am wondering if that has a connection to rapid progression. I am going to try meditating! Perhaps that will help slow things down.

Good luck. I wish you happiness.

06/27/01 02:24
L.

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06/27/01 02:24
L.

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Stress, DC, and pregnancy

Thanks, Liz.

It is so good to hear from other people struggling with similar issues.

My gut tells me that you are right about progression--it is just a highly individualized thing. I'm going to talk to my hand surgeon more about this topic, but I don't think I'm going to defer or deny myself the opportunity to experience pregnancy and parenting.

I've been thinking a lot about stress and wellness, lately. The last year in my work life has been stressful. I have also had repeated bouts with colds and flus throughout the year, my menstrual cycle has been thrown awry (a serious issue for someone seeking pregnancy), and the Dupuytren's emerged. It wasn't until the DC was diagnosed that I began to put all the pieces together. I can't help but to think that I was carrying this possibility of Dupuytren's in my genes all along, but stress was a factor in determining when it expressed itself in my life. I'm looking at life a bit differently now, and plan to make some substantial changes.

I hope that your meditation provides you with the balance and stress relief that you are seeking.

Best wishes,

L.

03/20/02 01:33
Judi 
03/20/02 01:33
Judi 
My pregnancy

I was diagnosed with DC when I was 26. I became pregnant when I was 27. During my pregnancy the lump in my left hand dissapated. I am now 37 and there is a slight thickness there but now lump or pain.

Unfortunately, I have several nodules on both hands and lumps on both feet. I had one nodule removed from a knuckle but they had to cut a tendon to get at it. Now that I have several others, I don't think I'll have any more surgery unless the pain gets to terrible. I lost movement of my finger for several months. I have 3 children and that's not very practical!

Don't let DC stop you from having children!

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