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Symmetry anyone?
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02/16/11 19:28
richardt 
02/16/11 19:28
richardt 
Symmetry anyone?

Dupuytren's started when I was a teen, and has grown in various ways. Now at age 55, I've seen enough of the diathesis to note in my body the symmetry of band and nodule development. First both little fingers PIP's, then nodules atop both thumbs PIPs, bands contracting both thumb webs, and now... what really inspired this post, a band growing on the lateral side of the right thumb, and what looks to be the same band growing on the lateral side of the right big toe!!! A year ago neither band was present.

The symmetry of DD development is impressive. I wonder what the systemic chemical signals are? and what are the receptors on the fibroblasts? I suppose I should begin digging into the etiologic biochemistry......

02/17/11 03:43
deeproot 
02/17/11 03:43
deeproot 
Re: Symmetry anyone?

Absolutely, nobody else has a clue about the disease. Its pretty interesting in my hands how the symmetry is almost identicle in how each hand developed the disease but not at the same time. I have also wondered why the disease affects the small finger and ring finger more than others. Is this related to the nerves that are tied into the hand, cant remember the nerves name but believe these two are connected in some way. Also, have you ever hit your funny bone and felt it made these two fingers numb at the same time?

02/17/11 05:36
flojo 
02/17/11 05:36
flojo 
Re: Symmetry anyone?

Looking back, I now know that my DD started in the thumb. I dismissed it as arthritis at the time. I'd feel some pain when I did a yoga position putting my hands down with weight on them. I felt it in the first (meta?) joint of my right thumb about 3 years ago.

I have been feeling the same thing in my left thumb for about 6 months so I know that's coming. I do have visible cords with no contracture in my left palm in line with my forefinger but not up to the forefinger. Oops! I just felt a nodule in the first joint of my left forefinger. I don't have and never had a nodule on my right forefinger. When I press on the nodule it is a little tender and it pulls the cord in palm, so I guess it does go all the way to my forefinger. There is another cord starting from the meta joint of my left thumb out toward the web and it intersects the other cord at an angle.

I hadn't thought about it before but it does look like it could be read as some degree of symmetry.

Weird.

02/17/11 19:57
LubaM. 
02/17/11 19:57
LubaM. 
Re: Symmetry anyone?

Some of my disease has symmetry...some has not....

In both hands I have identical "two cords" parallel to each other side by side, and going down from the thumbs towards the middle of the palm. Also, on both hands identical "two nodules" on the very edges of the web that runs between the thumbs and the index fingers. That's where the symmetry ends.

My left hand ....has multiple nodules/dimples on the palm (had RT in 2009)....no contraction.
My right hand.... no visible cord, a few nodules/dimples in palm right above small finger and a very badly contracted PIP joint in small finger, also boutonierre contracture in DIP joint. Have had two NA's on this finger.

Go figure!

Edited 02/17/11 19:58

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