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Can hand surgery bring on DP symptoms?
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09/28/04 02:56
Janice 
09/28/04 02:56
Janice 

Can hand surgery bring on DP symptoms?

I had arthoplasty of the thumb joint and endoscopic carpel tunnel release in June. After several weeks in a cast and several more in physical therapy, I have now been told by the surgeon that I have developed Dupuytren's disease. The symptoms in my case are stiffness in the joints of all fingers and inability to flatten my hand out on a flat surface. The other hand is showing milder symptoms of stiffness also. I don't have the 'drawing' of fingers affect, which is something I remember in my father's hand. I also have the plantar's fastisis in both feet, especially at night and upon waking. I thought it was all related to arthritis, by now my doctor says it is Dupuytren's disease. Can I expect it to improve? What exercises are there to keep flexibility? Never been in a forum type discussion before, but hoping someone out there might have some ideas, answers, advice!
Janice (in hurricane ally FL)

09/29/04 02:20
Eddie 
09/29/04 02:20
Eddie 
Trauma

Janice,
It is well accepted in the non-medical world (testimonies of patients, also in this forum) that any kind of trauma, including hand surgery, can trigger the onset of DP if that is latently present. The medical world ? They seem to just close their eyes to it. I guess there is money in surgery ....
Improve ? Sorry, for all I have been reading on the subject for about 4 years, there is no light in that tunnel.
Excercises ? Might help the stiffness if that is caused by your surgery, but don't have a positive effect on DP. Some say that too much strain can even worsen your DP.
Sorry I can't give you something more positive.
Eddie

10/02/04 02:47
Perfidia

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10/02/04 02:47
Perfidia

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to Janice

I am just diagnosed DC. The lumps in the palms have appeared rapidly. My feet have hurt for ages and I have special soles to put in my shoes, which make my shoes too tight. My size of shoe not easily available! I have lots of arthritis, but the only thing which has helped has been Glucosamine Sulphate. I do not fit into any of the usual 'possible causes' for DC - except stress! It has been an incredibly bad time. I am putting off surgery here, seeing a top man in Spain in 3 weeks, and have the name of NA practioners in nearby France - And I have friends who work in the same hospital. So I am going after information like a terrier. A friend phoned today, and I mentioned the problem and she immediately knew someone who after amputations - flew to Paris, 15 minutes each hand and now can fully flex - she is putting me in touch with him. I am coming to Florida on Monday Oct 4th! Hope your hurricanes are all gone! I am at a 'bootcamp' in Delray Beach - not about DC). If I can pass on any ideas for you I will - I think these forums are wonderful. Best wishes

10/02/04 02:35
Tom M

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10/02/04 02:35
Tom M

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glucosamine

Please read through the various postings carefully. You will see that time and again, glucosamine has been indicated as a trigger for Dupuytren's.

12/14/06 01:55
Joni

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12/14/06 01:55
Joni

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Artoplasty of the thumb joint

What is Dupuytrens disease??I had arthoplasty of the thumb joint on Sept. 6th.I am on the second month of theropy as I still have alot of pain and swelling.I also cannot put my hand flat on the table yet.I am waiting to see if this theropy works before they do my other hand.Please e-mail me at sureluck75@hotmail.com I am also in Florida

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