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Re: [IP] Dupuytren

Thank you Floyd.  So far the Dupuytrens is not causing me any trouble....the
trigger finger, well that is another story.  Kind of hard to work your left
hand when it keeps locking up...lol.  So far this has been a rough hand
year: broke my arm in feb., trigger finger surgery in a week and then the
dupuytrens.  I can only go uphill!  Cynthia

On 5/7/08, Floyd Shipman <email @ redacted> wrote:
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> Cynthia VanDenBerge" <email @ redacted>
> on Tue, 6 May 2008 21:16:20 wrote about
> "One more disease: thanks diabetes"
> She 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"
> Don't Panic Cynthia. dupuytren's can be surgically fixed fairly
> successfully.
> At the first sign of difficulty get it fixed.  That will give you the
> best chance of
> keeping the full use of all you fingers.  I waited too long and have
> 95% use
> of two fingers and 100% use of 4.  The other fingers did not get
> Dupuytren's.
> In addition to being somewhat related to diabetes it is also a disease
> of
> people with Viking ancestors.  Good luck and keep on playing the guitar.
> Floyd Shipman
> email @ redacted
> .
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