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09/16/04 02:38
Peter Wood

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09/16/04 02:38
Peter Wood

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I have been recently diagnosed with tendonitis on my right hand, caused, according to my doctor, by my job as a wine merchant, and the heavy lifting of boxes that this requires. However, my friend, who is an occupational therapist, thinks that I have dupuytrens disease. My maternal grandfather had the condition, as did his brothers, but none of the next generation down do.

When I lift boxes at work, the back of my right hand feels tense and aches a lot, as does my little finger, ring finger and middle finger. Although I have full flexability in my fingers (I can straighten them fully, though the palm of my hand has a little discomfort when I do so), I have noticed that the three fingers mentioned earlier are curling towards my palm.

My doctor told me it was nothing to worry about, and take anti inflamitories if it hurts, and that it was just tendonitis. After taking these pills, it still isn't helping and after my friend's advice, I asked the doctor if I could be suffering from dupuytren's disease. He said it was highly unlikely as nobody else in the direct line has it.

What I am asking is for someone who has this condition to give me their advice as to how to proceed. (I appreciate that "Get a new doctor" may be your advice!) but does my story sound familiar to anyone with this condition.

Peter

09/16/04 02:01
TerryB

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09/16/04 02:01
TerryB

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No one will try to second guess your doctor, but even if it weren't already in your gene line I would say you show the classic DP symptoms. You didn't mention it, but I assume you also have thickening of the cords in the palm of your hands. Do check through all the various subtopics of this forum because it will educate you to the many advantages of trying NA vs surgery. (Also pay attention to the caution about taking glucosamine/chondroitin.) It is important for you to check this stuff out, because it sure sounds like your doctor is not aware of most of it. Genetics is the one thing almost everyone agrees is associated with DC.

09/17/04 02:04
ANON EMUS

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09/17/04 02:04
ANON EMUS

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Terry,

Have you not heard of TRAUMA associated Dupuytrens?

09/17/04 02:13
TerryB

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09/17/04 02:13
TerryB

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Yes--but it hasn't received the general acceptance that heredity has. And it could well be involved here--except that the genetic link is well established on the maternal side. The point is he almost certainly has DC despite his doctor's doubts--and heredity would so justify regardless of other factors.

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