What is my recommendation for a confusing contracture of finger?
A recent diagnosis of this contracture is confusing. For a couple of years I have had what was treated as a ganglion on my middle finger–it wouldn’t break. Then that finger started to bend oddly. I purchased some herbs for the cyst and it really helped the lump but it seemed to go into the fatty pad in my ring finger which started to bend. now the the doctor says that the ring finger is the contracture–with no treatment recommended but the pain is severe and all this seems to be going into the other hand.
The doctor wants to remove the remaining ganglion, etc but it seems minor compared to the pain in the ring finger. I have been doing stretching exercises, etc. but it is getting so bad I need some help (and would like to avoid even the more minor surgery). I am familiar with real pain as I have bone on bone in my ankle–from injury. The hand pain is getting close.
I feel I am in early stages and would like your recommendation for treatment.
In addition I need to know if these treatments are safe to use as a mild diabetic.
Mrs. Lana Long
Thank you for your inquiry.
You did not directly state in your email whether your current diagnosis is actually for Dupuytren contracture, nor did you directly state that you had a formal diagnosis of a ganglion cyst of the middle finger. I get the impression from what you reported and did not report that much of what you have said about your finger and hand problem is self-diagnosed, and this concerns me.
Considering there are several elements of your description that causes me also to be uncertain of your problem (such as the severe pain you describe, and initial involvement of the middle finger), and that your description makes it appear that your condition is actually worsening under your doctor’s care, my recommendation is that you get a second opinion from a hand specialist in your area to confirm your current condition and appropriateness of your current care.
When you have done this and can confidently report back what is happening in your hands I would be happy to reply to your inquiry.