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RE: [IP] One more disease: thanks diabetes

I have had this condition progressing slowly for *many* years in both my
hands. It does seem to be taking a long time--which is good--because it IS a
bummer! Sometimes my doctors have called it something like "prayer
hands"--they check to see how my hands are doing by having me put my palms
and fingers together. Then you can look to see if you can see through the
fingers. It used to be only my pinky fingers bowed out but now all my
fingers do--I can see all the way through them when they are touching each

And if I look at my palms and my mom's (she's had D for abt. 29 yrs.)--I can
see where the tendons are thickening into "ropes." I am right-handed and my
right hand "ropes" are more pronounced than on my left hand. Whenever I've
had a trigger finger, the rheumatologist I go to has shown me how even
though it is my finger that is affected, it is affected along that finger's
tendon on the palm--which is surprising upon first finding that out. He
usually gives me a shot (kind of like cortisone, but is not exactly
cortisone) which usually helps clear it up. I do have one finger that is
quite painful if I bend it to the palm near the middle knuckle and I'm not
sure what to do for that one.

Dx 11/74--33 1/2 years of D; 
pumping for 20 years. 

--- Cynthia VanDenBerge <email @ redacted> wrote:

> Well, went in today to schedule surgery for my 3rd
> (or maybe 4th) trigger
> finger and lo and behold, my doctor told me that I
> have Dupuytren's
> disease!  Well, I had never heard of this one. 
> Apparently it is a condition
> that causes thickening and a kind of "ropey" series
> of nerve bundles on the
> palm and can eventually cause your hands to
> permanently clench together and
> not completely straighten out.  Wow, i had not head
> of that one and am
> feeling pretty devastated as I am a guitarist and
> have this vision of
> limited time to be able to play my instrument.  I
> looked it up on trusty
> WebMD and it says that diabetes can be a cause.  It
> also says that I may not
> have any major issues with it. So far it is not
> causing any trouble but the
> hand doctor told me that my surgery may aggravate it
> to become more
> intense.  Have any of you heard of this disease? 
> Ronald Regan had it.  I
> guess in his old age you could tell when he waved as
> his hand remained
> somewhat clenched.  Kind of a bummer.  cynthia
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