How effective is alternative Dupuytren treatment if the finger is completely bent?

Hello,  I was just wondering how effective the alternative Dupuytren treatment is on someone whose ring finger is completely bent down towards the palm and will not straighten out.  Is this treatment effective on a severe case as this?  Or is it more beneficial to someone just starting to notice the nodules on the palm of their hand before losing use of their hand with deformity of their finger?

Please advise.  I would appreciate any other information that you may have on this disease.  I am trying to research this for my significant other who is having more and more discomfort with his hand.

Thanks so much!

 

Greetings,

Your concern and questions about effectiveness of Dupuytren treatment are common.

DCI is not capable of conducting the kind of research necessary to answer your question in the way I would like to giving you specific numbers for a controlled double-blind study.  For this reason, allow me to give you the benefit of my experience since 2002 while dealing with people from around the world who have finger contractures.  My experience is that for every 10-12 emails and phone conversations I receive reporting partial or complete success with the DCI method of Dupuytren treatment, I receive one report of failure.  Ten to 12 successes compared to one failure is pretty good.  It is human nature to complain and be negative far more than it is to compliment and be positive.  Because of this I take this 10 to 12:1 ratio to indicate significantly positive DCI treatment results.  I wish we had the ability to conduct multimillion dollar research, like the government or a drug company, so I could give you the statistics you are looking for.  For the time being is the best information I can offer.    

Duration and severity of Dupuytren contracture do not seem to be significant predictive factors that I can determine based on past results; sometimes severe cases do better than mild cases; sometimes chronic (old) problems respond as good as or better than acute (recent) problems. The greatest predictor of success or failure of alternative care has consistently proven to be aggressiveness of Dupuytren treatment and the person’s ability to closely monitor and define changes in size, shape, density, surface features, and degree of movement of nodules and cords.

There are well over 500 pages of information about Alt Med treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture on the DCI website. If you spend a little time reading and evaluating the DCI site you will have all the information you will need. If you have a specific question about Dupuytren treatment you would like answered please send it to me and I will do my best to provide an answer.

You will note that there is no change in the Dupuytren treatment approach if the fingers  are completely bent down or not, and there is no change in the treatment if the ring finger is involved as compared to the little or middle fingers. 

In other words, the DCI approach starts out the same if the fingers are mildly or severely bent; if one, two or three fingers are involved; if one hand or both are involved; if slight nodule or severe cord formation is involved; even if the person has had prior Dupuytren’s contracture surgery or not – the DCI approach starts the same for everyone.  This is so because the Dupuytren treatment is not directed specifically to the hand, but to the person.  This means that the DCI concept of care is intended to not treat the disease, but to treat the person who has the disease so the immune response is supported and strengthened.  By enabling the immune response of the person who has the problem to do a better job, it is our theory that each person will heal to the best of his or her ability to remove the offending fibrous nodules and cords, or at least slow down the progression of this problem.

What should I change in my Dupuytren treatment plan?

Hi Dr. Herazy,

I am about to place my third order with you. I wanted to let you know about my 5 weeks of treatment so far. I started with your medium Dupuytren’s contracture treatment plan. For 2 weeks I have been taking 5 Neprinol capsules with 2 fundamental sulfur 3 times per day. I find it difficult to find times in the day where I haven’t eaten or plan to eat within 2 hours. I try to take one dose when I wake up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom. Additionally I am taking your vitamin E and PABA (2 caps ea) once per day. I also try to take Scar X twice per day. Lastly I use topical vitamin E, copper serum with DMSO. This topical Dupuytrens treatment has really softend the surface of my palm. Callouses nearly gone.

I must say, it may be early in treatment but I have not noticed any difference in the dupuytren cords or nodules as far as reduction in size or hardness. I must tell you the unexpected good news about my foot. Plantar Fibroma (aka soft lumps) on the sole of my right foot. they are notably smaller. I have had them for 10 years at least. This to me is proof that your treatment is doing something. These foot lumps are not as hard as the hand dupuytrens lumps.

Additionally I have had 2 dupuytrens surgeries. First one in 2009 needle aponeurotomy. It was quick, some sharp pain during surgery. Results lasted about 3.5 years and grew back. My second surgery was just in Sept 2012. I tried Xiaflex. Dr. injected into the main cord only. It softened the cord enough where he could release it. I could hear and feel it snap like a rubber band. This is when I started your treatment. I am hoping your methods will at least prevent the cord from growing back. I still have cords running up my ring finger and in the web between my ring and pinky.

My questions to you are: what should I change? More Neprinol? or something else? I know you say its trial and error. I was just wondering if you had any comments or recommendations. I am sure these hard firm bands will take more time. But question the treatment plans effectiveness.

Also. When I wake I take my morning Neprinol dose with coffee. I know you say water but I can’t find three times per day where I can commit to 3 doses for 2 hour periods without some kind non-water intake. does caffeine negate the enzymes?

What about wine in the evening? Is that a no-no too?

Thanks for you help.

Jim VH

 

Greetings Jim,

Congratulations on the early progress you are making with the several problems you are dealing with. Five weeks is not a lot of treatment time and your therapy levels apparently have made some good tissue changes for you to be able to notice them so soon.  

What you have going on that puts you in a slightly different (and more difficult) category than a lot of people is that you have had multiple surgeries and you have more than just a Dupuytren’s contracture problem to correct. People who have had Dupuytrens hand surgery tend to take longer to recover while using Alternative Medicine, bu then again people who have had Dupuytrens surgery need this work a lot more since they have seen that recurrence of the lumps on the palm and cords is a real problem.  You cannot continue to have hand surgery when the problem will always come back, because a surgery or two more you will run out of tissue for the surgeon to work with.  At that point you will be worse off than before the surgery.  

I have worked with many people in the past who had plantar fibromas just as you do and I find that this tissue drains a lot of the Dupuytren treatment products away since it competes for them at the same time you are attempting to reduce the nodules and cords on your hand.  The more of these soft tissue problems that are present, the more therapy products that the body will need to address them all.  There is no way, other than the topical or external therapies that you use, to direct or select where the internal therapies will be used by the tissue; the rule apparently is an equal distribution since they travel in bloodstream.  I am confident that if you only had Dupuytren’s contracture and not the plantar fibromas to deal with, your current plan would be giving you greater improvement with the hand contracture problem. 

I suggest that you reduce the vitamin E to two capsules daily, total.  Also, I suggest that you consider taking perhaps three Neprinol more than your current dosage, and that you add these additional three to the end of the day when they will stay in your stomach and bloodstream longest while you go the longest time without eating.  You might also consider adding in acetyl-L-carnitine to your plan, starting at 3-4 capsules daily. 

Taking your Neprinol with coffee is not a great problem since caffeine does not influence the enzymatic activity or availability in any way.  Limited wine intake is also OK.    TRH   

How long will the best or large Dupuytren treatment program last?

If I order the best Dupuytren treatment program, how long will that product last?

 

Greetings,

If you look at the information that describes the large Dupuytren treatment plan you will see the following: 

“While the large DCI treatment plan is the most expensive to purchase, it is not much more costly to keep resupplied so that your treatment can continue each month.  The monthly cost for resupplying the Dupuytren Large Plan is about $95-$120 per month.  Keep in mind that the Genesen pens never have to be purchased again, and that the Dusa-Sal DMSO and Unique-E topical oil are used very sparingly so that they are replaced about every 2-3 months under average use.  Your actual cost will depend on how aggressively and faithfully you treat yourself for Dupuytren.”

The large treatment plan for Dupuytren’s contracture is made up of 11 different therapy items.  Some never have to be replaced (Genesen Acutouch instruments), some need to be replaced every 2-3 months (DMSO and vitamin E oil) and others need to be replaced every 3-6 weeks (Nattokinase, Fibrozym, Fundamental Sulfur, PABA, Quercetin-Bromelain)  depending on how aggressively they are used.   The various therapy items are not used up at the same time, so there is no specific answer for this question.   This is the reason we offer an fairly accurate estimate that the average person will spend approximately $95-120 keeping the plan resupplied as things are used up at different times.  Compare this to the $90-110  cost to keep the better or medium plan resupplied each month.  TRH

Does DCI ship Dupuytren therapy products to South Korea?

Dear Doctor Herazy,

Can shipment of Dupuytren treatment products be arranged to South Korea?

Kind regards,

Joao

 

Greetings Joao,

Yes, we have shipped to the Republic of South Korea in the past.  We ship wherever the USPS will deliver.   TRH

Why is Super CP serum not included in the Dupuytren treatment packages?

Why is Super CP serum not included in the standard Dupuytren treatment packages?  Do you recommend ordering this separately.

 

Greetings,

Super CP Serum is not included as a standard item simply to have something kept out so that if more help is needed you can  have several other things (like Super CP Serum) to add later if needed. 

The goal of putting any of these plans together was not to throw every possible therapy at your hand problem, but to aggressively apply a diverse array of therapies for maximum effectiveness.  If one of these plans fall short of its goal, three are more options that can be added later if needed.

If you think you want to start out using Super CP Serum, there is nothing wrong with that idea.  Just order whatever plan makes sense to you and then add the Super CP Serum to the list.  TRH 

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