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Hi, I am not long diagnosed with Dupuytren’s. I have a protein shake for breakfast with a collagen supplement… Should I be discontinuing these?
Dupuytren’s contracture is not related to having too much collagen in the body. Taking a collagen supplement will not cause or worsen your Dupuytren’s contracture. DC is a matter of having poorly formed and irregular collagen in the body, and taking supplemental collagen will not affect that. TRH
How do you know for a fact that taking collagen supplements will not worsen or exacerbate the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture?
It was interesting to me to note that my DC symptoms (small lump in left hand) began, after I had just begun
taking potent collagen supplements for 2 1/2 months prior…
Based on current information and research, the occurrence of Dupuytren’s contracture is not based on collagen consumption. Dupuytren’s contracture occurs as often among vegetarians (little to know collagen intake) as carnivores (high collagen intake). DC is more likely and commonly found in those with a Scandinavian or northern European ancestry, especially when other immediate family members also have it, those who have a history of liver disease, diabetes or lung disease, those who have taken certain predisposing drugs (statins, epilepsy medication), and those who engage in prolonged stressful manual activities (musicians most notably). Collagen intake has never been associated with higher incidence of DC.
It is more likely that the appearance of you Dupuytren’s contracture was a simple coincidence. TRH
is there a drug or formula other than xiaflex my dr can inject in hand for dupuyrtrens ?
No, Xiaflex is the only FDA approved drug for Dupuytren’s contracture. Some doctors do not use it because of the problems involved with it, so they are limited in what they can use for DC. Consider trying a non-drug alternative, as found on this website. Let me know if I can help you in any way. TRH
My doctor told me I am producing too much collagen in my body, and by reading your responses I see that is not the case. He told me to stay away from vitamin C, and I wonder if that includes not consuming citrus fruits or any other food that has vitamin C in it? .
Dupuytren’s contracture is caused by the body manufacturing an excessive amount of collagen in the palm of the hand. It has never been connected or related in any way to vitamin C in any way.
The exact cause of DC has not been established, but it is most often associated with certain drug intake, genetic factors, or being triggered by tissue injury in that area of the body. Excessive intake of vitamin C has never been shown to be the cause or an aggravating factor of Dupuytren’s contracture. Reduced intake of vitamin C is not a standard or recognized medical treatment of DC. Hope this helps. TRH
This is partly to thank you, Dr Herazy for leaving me a message in response to my 2nd order on 6/4, and for the substitution you made to it! I very much appreciate your lightning-fast order processing!
The other thing is to say that after 2 weeks of therapies, the two palm lumps on my left little finger have shifted over to the right, am just wondering if that is usual. No change in size.
DCI fills orders promptly because we know how important it is to continue your Dupuytren’s contracture treatment plan on schedule, faithfully and aggressively; it is necessary to have your important therapy products when you need them.
In regard to your comment that your two DC palm lumps have shifted from your left hand to your right, I doubt the accuracy of your observations. Dupuytren’s contracture palm lumps do not move. I speculate, since I have not examined you, something else has actually happened after a few weeks of treatment. First, the palm lumps on the left hand have responded to your DCI plan by improvement in the size, shape, density or degree of adhesion to the deeper palm tissue. For this reason, they are less noticeable. I doubt they are completely gone — although anything is possible. It usually takes 6-10 weeks for some small tissue changes to occur to the DCI treatment plans. Second, your right hand has likely been developing a new palm lump for some time, and you are just recently noticing it.
Please review and make detailed notes about the size, shape, density and degree of adhesion of all the palm lumps so you will have accurate measurements by which to compare your progress. You cannot know how to increase your treatment plan for best progress, unless you know the exact physical condition of your palm lumps.
Continued good treatment sucess and progress to you, Virginia. TRH
Thank you so much, Dr Herazy! You are right, I am too new to the program, and I think I didn’t take proper note of the palm lumps. After reading more, I realize that it takes quite a while to see a change in Dupuytren’s contacture problems. I am still plugging along and will try to stick with it!
Greetings again Virginia,
Yes, the changes that will happen on the DCI program are small at the beginning because it takes time for the body to reabsorb the fibrous tissue. Gradual changes in the palm lump are difficult to detect unless you know its exact size, shape, density and degree of adhesion.
Most people relate to the size of the nasty lump on the palm. But, what if the density (hardness) of the palm lump, or the degree of adhesion to the deeper tissue, is the only thing to change at the beginning? You could be making great progress that would ultimately lead to your Dupuytren’s contracture permanently going away, but you might stop treatment because you think you are not any progress because you are only paying attention the size of your palm lump? You must monitor all aspects of hte DC problem. We have no control over what changes first, or changes most, when the body starts to heal Dupuytren’s contracture; it just starts to happen. If we do not study the lump well, we will miss the small early changes and get discouraged for no good reason.
If you have children, you will know what I mean. You must look at old pictures of your 8th grader to suddenly see how much he/she has changed since 6th grade. They grow up so gradually, and we see them every day, that we do not notice all the differences.
Please keep me posted on what is going on, or if you need help with your plan. TRH