I have Dupuytren's Contracture Disease . How can I cope with this?

Posted by Etta Dutch @ettadutch, Oct 17, 2011

I have Dupuytren’s Contracture Disease . How can I cope with this?

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@rosemarya Me friend who has Dupuytrens contracture has had her finger in a brace didn't help at all she had a injection I'm not sure what but helped a little she said .All this and her friend My Dr isn't any better .People are different in how they respond hopefully it will be better for others

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@rosemarya

@scardycat, @lioness, @anniebrook, @capausz, @jakedduck1

My husband had his appointment about his Dupuytren's Contacture. Here is our finding: The Ziaflex is not an option because it is a temporary fix. The needling procedure might be okay for small area, but not for a larger area like his. Surgery is the only option for him but not necessary until/if he can't flatten his hand as I have seen described in a previous response. So we are on a watch and wait. He has no pain.

What is happening with your Dupuytren's? Any updates?

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My nodules are about same no contracture yet, but getting arthritis in my thumb👎🏻, ortho doc said they usually do nothing like you stated until you can’t flatten hand.

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@rosemarya, since my injection, my hand has totally flattened out and become pain free. However, I now have a trigger finger which I did not have before. If the trigger finger becomes too bothersome, my doctor said they will go in and cut the ligaments causing the trigger finger.

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@capausz

@rosemarya, since my injection, my hand has totally flattened out and become pain free. However, I now have a trigger finger which I did not have before. If the trigger finger becomes too bothersome, my doctor said they will go in and cut the ligaments causing the trigger finger.

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@capausz
Hi,
If the ligaments are cut won’t to finger/s be unable to flex & contract?
There was no treatment for my Dads contractures but that was nearly 50 years ago. The doctors said the surgery would only open his hand, basically for cosmetic reasons only. No functionality would be gained through surgery. Are there newer procedures that help straighten out the fingers and regain functionality?
My Mom has a Contracture of her L hand, wrist and elbow. I have mentioned these injections to various doctors and pharmacists and none heard of them. They only mention Botox which is short acting. Personally I wouldn’t want that poison injected in me especially for something ongoing.
Has anyone had Contracture surgery?
Thanks kids,
Jake

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@capausz
Did your extension muscles work at all prior to your injections? Were you able to open your fingers even very slightly?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@capausz
Did your extension muscles work at all prior to your injections? Were you able to open your fingers even very slightly?
Jake

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@jakedduck1, yes, Jake, I could open my hand almost totally, including my ring finger. However, it was very painful. In fact, it got to the point that my hand had a deep ache all the time. That went away within two weeks after the injection and my hand started to flatten out.

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@capausz

@jakedduck1, yes, Jake, I could open my hand almost totally, including my ring finger. However, it was very painful. In fact, it got to the point that my hand had a deep ache all the time. That went away within two weeks after the injection and my hand started to flatten out.

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@capausz
My Mom can’t move her fingers at all and the slightest pressure causes intense pain. Do you think these injections might help loosen up the fingers?
Jake

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Does anyone know about any surgical procedures that loosen up the fingers without cutting the tendons and making the hand non functional or is contracture surgery still back in the dark ages?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@capausz
Hi,
If the ligaments are cut won’t to finger/s be unable to flex & contract?
There was no treatment for my Dads contractures but that was nearly 50 years ago. The doctors said the surgery would only open his hand, basically for cosmetic reasons only. No functionality would be gained through surgery. Are there newer procedures that help straighten out the fingers and regain functionality?
My Mom has a Contracture of her L hand, wrist and elbow. I have mentioned these injections to various doctors and pharmacists and none heard of them. They only mention Botox which is short acting. Personally I wouldn’t want that poison injected in me especially for something ongoing.
Has anyone had Contracture surgery?
Thanks kids,
Jake

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@jakedduck1
Jake, They don't cut the tendons for Dupuytren's. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under the skin — eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position. Treatment involves removing or breaking apart the cords that are pulling your fingers toward your palm.

Mayo Clinic Patient Care & Health Information>Diseases & Conditions>Dupuytren's Contracture > Diagnosis and treatment
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dupuytrens-contracture/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20371949

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@rosemarya

@jakedduck1
Jake, They don't cut the tendons for Dupuytren's. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under the skin — eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position. Treatment involves removing or breaking apart the cords that are pulling your fingers toward your palm.

Mayo Clinic Patient Care & Health Information>Diseases & Conditions>Dupuytren's Contracture > Diagnosis and treatment
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dupuytrens-contracture/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20371949

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@rosemarya
Hi there,
I didn’t mean to imply my Mom or Dad for that matter had Dupuytren's contractures. I know there are numerous Contracture types but I’m not familiar with the different ones. I believe she damaged one or more nerves when she broke her shoulder but who knows.
I appreciate all the information from everyone.
Thanks much,
Jake

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