Dupuytren’s nodule

Dupuytren’s nodule self-treatment

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Dupuytren’s nodule is the first sign of Dupuytren’s disease.  One or more small lumps on the palm appear near the base of one or more fingers.  A Dupuytren’s nodule forms when excess collagen and fibrin collects under the skin of the palm. The surface becomes distorted and puckered by the underlying excess collagen.The Dupuytren’s nodule is the first sign of Dupuytren’s disease.  Usually, at the start of the problem, one or more small lumps on the palm appear near the base of one or more fingers. The Dupuytren’s nodule forms on the surface when excess collagen and fibrin collects under the skin of the palm. The surface becomes distorted and puckered by the underlying excess collagen.

While the tiny palm lump on the surface gets people’s attention, what happens below the surface of the skin is far more important. The excess collagen and fibrin cause the normally flexible supporting tissue of the palm to thicken, expand and tighten. This process can also create little dimples and creases, as well. The palm lump creates a thick cord as it matures. This cord attaches itself to the finger. Eventually, the cord contracts or shrinks, pulling the finger down and keeps it in a bent position. At this point, Dupuytren’s disease becomes Dupuytren’s contracture.

Most everything about the Dupuytren’s nodule is variable.  Even the size and shape of Dupuytren’s palm nodules are variable. They range in size from a dime to a quarter, although they can be smaller and larger than this.

Eliminate the Dupuytren’s nodule with safe natural treatment

Great news!  It is important for anyone with Dupuytren to understand that Dupuytren can self-heal.  The body self-heals an unknown percent of early Dupuytren disease, and even reduces later, larger palm nodules and cords of Dupuytren’s contracture.

Surgery is not always necessary to eliminate the Dupuytren’s nodule.  Since 2002 the Dupuytren Contracture Institute has helped people who struggle with an expanding and tightening lump on the palm. Those who closely follow the DCI treatment strategy early can do rather well.  We hear from 8-10 people who use our large treatment plan reporting they see moderate to marked reduction of their signs and symptoms of Dupuytren, for every one report of failure.

We find that the larger the treatment plan, and the closer a person follows DCI treatment suggestions, the better the Dupuytren self-heals. For information about DCI treatment plans.

Hand surgery is always an option. However, it makes sense to first attempt non-surgical treatment and therefore possibly avoid the inherent risks of surgery.

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Take the Dupuytren’s nodule seriously

There is no way to know how large or small a Dupuytren’s problem will eventually become in the early stage of Dupuytren palm nodule development.  Yes, some palm lumps develop slowly, staying small for a decade or more.  And some palm lumps grow into several fingers to make life miserable and a struggle to perform basic activities. Yet, the medical literature says that 30%-40% eventually need palm surgery. Therefore, the best strategy is to take all Dupuytren’s nodules seriously.

DCI talks to many people about their Dupuytren’s disease.  A common attitude is, “My little palm lump has been with me for a long time. It really doesn’t bother me. If it becomes a big problem later, my doctor said I can just have it cut out. So, what’s the big deal?”  The big deal is that DC hand surgery sometimes has small and large complications due to the tendency to make too much collagen when stimulated.  This causes the surgery to heal in unexpected ways with unexpected consequences, regardless of the skill or intention of the surgeon.

That is like saying, “My doctor said if the little grease fire in my kitchen gets any bigger later, I can always call the fire department to put it out.” Why would anyone take that risk? Why wouldn’t you take care of a small problem while it is small, and easier to handle?

It is silly to wait for a Dupuytren’s nodule to get worse.  Allowing the palm nodule to worsen is a lost opportunity to try to heal it naturally. That lost time only benefits the hand surgeon. For the patient, it is best to be conservative.  Take care of a small problem while it is still small and easier to self-treat.

Dupuytren’s hand surgery has unique risks

The big deal about hand surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture is important to understand. The trauma of hand surgery can act as a trigger or stimulus for even more collagen production in the hand. This is called Dupuytren recurrence when the Dupuytren nodule or cord comes back after being surgically removed.  As a result, hand surgery for DC is riskier, and has more complex reactions than having other kinds of hand surgery.  Recurrence happens because it is the nature of Dupuytren’s contracture to make too much collagen. This explains why so many people have 2-3-4 hand surgeries before they eventually refuse to have more.

What are the odds of little Dupuytren’s disease palm lumps becoming a surgical problem?   Fairly high.  Most authors say 30%-40% Dupuytren’s nodules undergo surgery. This does not necessarily have to happen, however. There is a lot a person can do to reverse or slow down Dupuytren’s disease. Do all that you can to improve your ability to self-heal or reverse the collection of excess collagen of your palm nodules.  DCI can show you how.

Major or minor hand problem

For some, Dupuytren’s disease can remain a minor inconvenience for a long time.  While for others it quickly becomes a major problem when the hand does not fully open.  Simple daily activities become difficult, or impossible, to do. Tasks that are an important part of daily life become burdensome, and eventually impossible:

  • Wash the hands and face
  • Operate a cell phone or computer
  • Use a knife and fork while eating
  • Get something out of your pocket
  • Turn a doorknob to open a door
  • Use the bathroom
  • Brush your teeth
  • Button clothing
  • Wear gloves
  • Drive a car

How much the Dupuytren’s palm nodule complicates life depends on many factors in a person’s history.  The more that are present, the stronger the likelihood of rapid and aggressive Dupuytren’s contracture occurring:

  • Members of immediate family have DC
  • DC begins early (under 50 years of age)
  • Presence of liver disease
  • History of diabetes
  • Presence of Garrod’s knuckle pads
  • Long history of manual labor

Final thoughts about the Dupuytren’s nodule

Don’t be fooled by a slow start of the Dupuytren’s nodule.  While it might seem like a minor inconvenience and curiosity, 30-40% eventually make a person’s life so complicated and frustrating that they have surgery to straighten the finger.  Only then do they learn that the Dupuytren nodule can return or recur after hand surgery.

Take advantage of the fact that that Dupuytren’s nodules self-heal.  DCI has worked since 2002 to help people do a better job of healing their Dupuytren’s nodule.  We believe it is smart to use the time your doctor says to wait for the palm lump to get worse, to help your body self-heal.

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What is Dupuytren’s Disease?

What is Dupuytren’s disease, and can it self-heal?

Dupuytren's disease is a genetic hand problem in which the deep tissue below the skin makes excess collagen and fibrin. Dupuytren's disease self-heals in about 12% of cases. DCI works to increase this ability of the tissue to self-heal. Simply stated, Dupuytren’s disease is the beginning phase of Dupuytren’s contracture. These two slightly different names indicate two distinct stages of the same progressive hand problem.

Dupuytren’s disease is a progressive genetic hand problem in which the connective tissue layer of the palm produces excess collagen and fibrin. This extra collagen causes an area of the palm near the base of one or more fingers to thicken and become less flexible. Typically, Dupuytren’s disease first appears on the surface as a small nodule or lump in the palm.  It is often mistaken for a small blister or callus. At this early stage, the area can also form small wrinkles, dimples or pits.

Dupuytren’s contracture is the later or end stage when Dupuytren’s disease becomes a larger, more disruptive and invasive problem. During this contracture stage, the growing mass of collagen and fibrin develops a cord of dense tissue. The cord extends up and attaches to the finger closest to it. All the while, the finger cord is also thickening and contracting. This causes the cord to pull the finger down toward the palm.  It can take many months or years for this slow and gradual process to occur. The contraction process can be continuous, or it can completely stall for months or years at a time. It can even stop, start and stop again a few times before it picks up speed.

Dupuytren’s disease self-heals – spontaneous recovery 

The medical profession says there is no cure for Dupuytren’s disease. But that is not exactly true. When they say there is no cure they mean, “there is no prescription drug that cures Dupuytren, in the way that penicillin cures an infection.”

The truth is, there is a cure for Dupuytren. An undetermined percentage of people self-cure their Dupuytren without help from anyone. It happens naturally, like mending a broken bone. This is the way the body is supposed to work. Life is full of miracles, and self-healing is one of them.

The body can, and does, spontaneously repair Dupuytren disease like it heals so many other small and large health problems. Unfortunately, this does not happen every time, or in every situation.

Self-healing of Dupuytren’s disease

Sometimes the healing process needs some help to work better.  For example, every good doctor will tell a patient with a broken bone to drink extra milk, take vitamin D, wear a cast, and avoid stressing the limb.  These simple strategies help the body heal a broken bone better. The same for taking extra iron for anemia, and extra rest and vitamin C for a cold. DCI applies the same logic for designing Dupuytren’s disease treatment plans.

Based on the simple observation that some people self-heal their Dupuytren problem early, the Dupuytren’s Contracture Institute developed a natural treatment strategy to help people do a better job healing their Dupuytren disease.

As a result, people who closely follow the DCI treatment strategy early can do rather well. We hear from many people who use our large treatment plan.  Of these, 8-10 people report moderate to marked reduction of their Dupuytren, for every one report of failure. We find that the larger the treatment plan, and the better a person follows DCI suggestions, the better the Dupuytren self-heals. For information about DCI treatment plans.

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Keeping Dupuytren’s disease self-healing a secret

However, even though Dupuytren self-healing happens, medical writers never actually use the term “self-heal,” “self-correct;” or any term close to it. On top of that, the usual term medical writers use  instead for self-healing of Dupuytren disease is to say it “goes away.”

For example, the NIH National Library of Medicine (MedlinePlus.gov) admits “Dupuytren’s nodules…occasionally even go away without treatment…”  Exactly what does “go away” mean?  They do not say. The world-famous Cleveland Clinic states, “…some people’s nodules go away on their own.”  They never explain anything about how or why it would go away.  WebMD.com tells readers that palm nodules, “…may go away on their own in a small number of patients…”  The Dupuytren Research Group (Dupuytrens.org) says, “Some Dupuytren’s nodules go away without any treatment.”

Yes, the nodules go away on their own because the body can heal Dupuytren’s disease!

How often does Dupuytren’s disease go away on its own?

Even so, in these simple one-line statements about Dupuytren’s disease self-healing, something is missing.  The reader has no idea how often the body is able to self-correct or naturally eliminate Dupuytren’s disease. In these four quotes – and all the others on the internet – the reader is not told if self-healing is fairly common or is it rare. Does Dupuytren spontaneous recovery happen once in a hundred cases, or once in a million?

It is almost as though medical writers do not want to admit the body can self-heal Dupuytren’s disease.  Like they want to say as little as possible about Dupuytren disease self-healing. As a result, people believe they have only two treatment choices for their hand nodule: drugs and surgery.

Self-healing far more common than people told   

For the most part, internet readers are not told how common or uncommon it is for the Dupuytren nodule to spontaneously self-heal.

However, in a 2005, a Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) report and follow-up study appeared discussing the progression of Dupuytren nodules over a span of 6-15 years. It covered all the usual data of history, genetic tendency, physical findings and surgeries of 59 people in the middle and later stages of Dupuytren disease. This report is unique and important because it clearly states how many times Dupuytren disease self-repair happened within this group of 59 people. This is the only time DCI has found an author who placed a number on the frequency of Dupuytren’s self-healing.

Near the bottom of the report, the author states that 12% of the 59 people (seven people) had spontaneous remission or self-0helaing of Dupuytren palm lumps.  Even though these 59 people had Dupuytren’s disease that was bad enough that they saw a specialist about their hands, for 12% of them, the Dupuytren’s nodule resolved by self-repair or spontaneous healing.

Is 12% a small or large number?

Perhaps the 12% self-correction is not an impressive number to some readers. Some might even think 12% is a small number of people. Actually, that 12% number is huge. With this number we gain important insight into the course and behavior of Dupuytren disease.

This number represents the Dupuytren disease cases that were bad enough to be in a doctor’s office for evaluation and treatment, yet somehow self-healed.  If cases of DD that are bad enough to be seen by a doctor can clear up without help, what about minor and early cases of DD?  When DD is not much more than a curious little bump, can it also clear up by self-healing?  Of course!  And probably at a much higher percentage than just 12%.  When the palm lumps are smaller, softer and less well developed, would be a much better time and opportunity for this kind of self-repair to occur.

The average percentage of Dupuytren disease that self-heals is not knowable. There is no good way to collect this kind of information.  No one goes to a hand specialist to report a small palm lump that is gone.  Who would spend the time and money to see a doctor to report a tiny problem that healed itself and is not there?  For this reason, the number of early Dupuytren’s disease hands that self-correct can only be estimated.  Perhaps, 25-50%?  Anyone’s guess.

Regardless, it is important to know that Dupuytren disease self-cures happen.  Everyone with a Dupuytren’s nodule has some potential to heal it, especially in the early stages, and probably less so in the later stages.

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Reasonable assumptions

We have seen that 12% of 59 people self-healed their Dupuytren’s disease during the middle and later stages. This happened without the benefit of any nutritional, physical therapy, stretching or enzyme treatment.  It happened spontaneously.  It seems reasonable to assume that if these same 59 people received adequate nutritional, physical therapy, stretching and enzyme treatment assistance during the middle and later stages of Dupuytren’s disease, the percentage of people who self-healed would have been larger.

Further, it seems reasonable that if 12% self-healed in the middle and later stages of DD, an even larger percent self-healed in the early stage. This would likely happen because in the early stage of Dupuytren disease the connective tissue mass in the palm is softer, smaller and less infiltrated with excess collagen and fibrin. As an example, it is reasonable to assume that a greater percentage of people self-heal their minor cold or sniffles while the problem is smaller, than when it gets worse and becomes pneumonia.

Lastly, DCI treatment verifies that people self-heal Dupuytren disease.  When people use the large DCI treatment plan, good things can happen. DCI receives 8-10 reports of moderate to marked improvement, even elimination, of the palm lump, for every one report of failure.

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Can’t Straighten Finger

Is Dupuytren contracture the reason I can’t straighten my finger?

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Dupuytren's contracture cord can't straighten finger.Knowing a finger can’t straighten is not enough information to answer this question. However, the most likely reason a person can’t straighten their finger is Dupuytren contracture.  Other, less likely possibilities are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, trigger finger (tenosynovitis) and diabetes.  It is important to see your doctor to investigate these possibilities, and others, if there are good reasons to do so.     

Get help when a bent finger won’t straighten with safe natural treatment

Great news!  Surgery is not always necessary when a bent finger won’t straighten because of Dupuytren’s contracture.  Since 2002 the Dupuytren Contracture Institute has helped people who struggle with a bent finger won’t straighten at all.  People who closely follow the DCI treatment strategy early can do rather well.  We hear from 8-10 people who use our large treatment plan reporting they see moderate to marked reduction of their signs and symptoms of Dupuytren, for every one report of failure.

The larger the treatment plan, and the closer a person follows DCI treatment suggestions, the better the Dupuytren self-heals. When a person can’t straighten a finger from a bent position, it is time to act. For information about DCI treatment plans.

Regardless, it is important for people with Dupuytren to understand that self-repair and self-healing happen every day. People heal an unknown percent of early Dupuytren disease, and even reduce later, larger palm nodules and cords of Dupuytren’s contracture.

Our position has always been that while hand surgery is always an option, it makes sense to first attempt non-surgical treatment and therefore possibly avoid the inherent risks of surgery.

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Let’s explore this problem through a few questions commonly asked by people who when a finger hurts to straighten.

Is Dupuytren contracture the reason I can’t straighten my finger?

As discussed in the first paragraph, there are many reasons to explain why a finger can’t straighten.  Even so, the reader can be fairly confident the finger won’t straighten due to Dupuytren contracture when several of these risk factors are present:

  • Age 50+
  • Family descended from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or a Scandinavian country
  • One or more family members have Dupuytren contracture
  • Musician
  • Diabetic
  • History of recent injury or surgery to upper extremities
  • History of alcohol abuse or liver disease
  • History of diabetes
  • History of heavy manual labor

Dupuytren’s disease and trigger finger

Let’s also consider in a little more detail another reason why it hurts to straighten finger stiffness:  trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis).

Trigger finger happens when the tendon that controls a finger can’t glide smoothly in the sheath that surrounds it. Two situations can cause this to happen.  One, a swollen tendon in the palm gets stuck on a narrowed part of the tendon sheath that surrounds that tendon.  Two, when the sheath becomes narrowed for some reason, like pressure caused by an abnormal DC palm lump that should not be in the palm. Any finger can display a trigger finger that suddenly locks up while in a bent position and just as          suddenly releases the hold – like pulling a trigger and it suddenly snaps free. Trigger finger can be occasional or frequent, mild or severe, locked in a bent position for a short or prolonged time, and mildly or severely painful.

It is rather common for trigger finger to develop in one or more fingers that also have Dupuytren’s contracture going on.  To say it another way, trigger finger is a common complication and can occur at the same time a finger won’t straighten due to Dupuytren’s contracture. This happens because of tissue irritation caused by the expanding palm lump and finger cord. Of course, this leads to inflammation and swelling (narrowing) of the tendon sheath.

There are a few important differences between trigger finger and Dupuytren contracture. Trigger finger has a very sudden onset.  Plus, it has a popping sound with the sudden release of the swollen tendon within the sheath covering it. In these cases, a trigger finger is normal between episodes. However, the stuck finger of Dupuytren contracture has a very slow onset. Likewise, there is no popping sound because there is no tendon release.  Lastly, the locked finger of Dupuytren contracture is constant.

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Are the Dupuytren nodules or cords a type of tumor of the hand?

No, Dupuytren’s contracture is not a cancerous tumor.   However, certain serious hand cancers can also cause hand pain, reduced finger movement and swelling.  For example, giant cell tumor and epithelioid sarcoma. For this reason, if there is a history of cancer in your family, or something about your current problem make you suspect cancer, it is wise to have your doctor evaluate your hand complaints. The true cause of a finger can’t straighten without great pain must be determined, cancer or not.

What keeps my fingers bent all the time?

Dupuytren contracture begins as a thickening of the deep tissue of the palm (palmar fascia).  This tissue is located below the skin and above the bones and tendons of the palm.  This thickened palm lump grows slowly.  Sometimes, very slowly, like many years. Eventually it develops a cord of dense tissue that attaches to a finger.  Over time, this cord shortens or contracts, causing that finger to curl down toward the palm. This reduces movement of the involved fingers. At this stage, the finger hurts to straighten.  Sooner or later, the hand takes on the appearance of a modified fist or claw.

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Is this why my finger can’t straighten?

Exactly.  People comment that when their Dupuytren contracture started up, they can’t straighten finger without pain. This resulted in great clumsiness.  Slowly and gradually, this changes.  Soon the involved  won’t straighten out completely, eventually constricting finger movement completely.

Is this the reason my finger is bent and won’t straighten without pain?

Pain is a fairly common complaint when Dupuytren contracture begins, often described as constant stinging or burning pain wherever there are lumps on the palm of the hand.  Over time, as each finger gets stuck in a constant bent position, pain becomes less frequent and less intense.

Generally, Dupuytren contracture is not a very painful condition.  Dupuytren’s contracture is known mostly for their bent finger won’t straighten s, (slug-here), inability to fully open the hand, as well as the palm lumps. When pain is a major issue with Dupuytren’s contracture it is because the growing and contracting collagen tissue is pressing on, or wrapping around, nerve tissue in the palm.

Garrod’s Pads Treatment and Dupuytren’s Contracture

Garrod’s Pads Treatment 

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Garrod’s pads and Dupuytren’s contracture treatment

Garrod's pads are often associated with Dupuytren's contracture. Garrod's knuckle pads are a fibromatosis of the hand. They are also called Dupuytren nodules, and safely treated with natural alternative medicine and no side effects. Since 2002, Dupuytren’s Contracture Institute has worked with over 800 people whose primary complaint was Garrod’s pads. In addition, DCI notes that Garrod’s knuckle pads occur in combination with Dupuytren’s contracture in 20-30% of people who come to DCI for help.  Combined, these two groups total of over 2,000 people with Garrod’s pads who have used DCI treatment. They totally eliminated or significantly reduced their knuckle deformity, or at least eliminated all pain and limitation it causes.

Based on the reports of natural treatment progress from people DCI works with, the results are very good to excellent.  DCI receives 8-10 reports of moderate to marked improvement of palm lumps and cords for each failure reported, when using the DCI large treatment plan. Improvement of dense and painful knuckle pads is even better. In fact, we often tell people that Garrod’s pads typically improve before they notice a change in their DC.

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Usually, people who use a large DCI treatment plan report that their Garrod’s pads respond faster than their Dupuytren’s contracture.

The typical Garrod’s knuckle pad responds to the large DCI treatment plan by becoming smaller, softer, less painful, less dark, as well as the fingers feeling less stiff and painful, in a few weeks. Rarely do we work with someone whose Garrod’s nodules show some degree or type of improvement.  How long treatment takes to reach complete and final improvement depends on a variety of factors like genetic predisposition, severity, age of the individual, duration, if hand surgery was used previously, etc.

While a few got a small amount of improvement, most benefitted to a moderate to great degree. Of course, all treatment was safe and natural. Without drugs or surgery, and no side effects.

About Garrod’s knuckle pads

Typically, Garrod’s knuckle pads are well-defined and smooth lumps or thickening on the dorsal (back) of one or more finger joints.  Garrod’s nodules or pads are a form of fibromatosis (excess collagen and fibrin production), just like Dupuytren’s contracture (palmar fibromatosis), Ledderhose syndrome (plantar fibromatosis) and Peyronie’s disease (penile fibromatosis).

Our records show every person with Garrod’s pads benefitted in some way by our natural treatment methods.

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Clinical features

A history of repetitive injury to this part of the hand from work or sports activity is often present.  However, it sometimes happens that Garrod’s knuckles develop without any physical explanation.

Knuckle pads can look like calluses on the skin, where the skin thickens and loses its elasticity. The cause of Garrod’s pads is excess fibrous tissue (collagen and fibrin) in or under the skin. Because this problem is a fibromatosis of the fingers, it usually runs in families, but can also appear as a sporadic occurrence.

Garrod’s pads can appear in one or both hands, at any or all fingers, one joint or many.

They mainly affect the PIP finger joint (joint closest to the hand).  Less often they appear at a knuckle (MCP or metacarpophalangeal/first joint) or distal interphalangeal (DIP/third) joint of a finger. In severe cases, this dark, raised and rough tissue can also appear away from the knuckles, on the sides of the hand or elsewhere on the upper extremity.  Some clinicians even apply the name to other parts of the body.  Although the hands are by far most commonly affected, other areas and joints, such as the feet and knees, may be involved.

When appearing along with Dupuytren’s contracture, Garrod pads usually suggests a more aggressive form of the Dupuytren disease problem.

In the U.S and the rest of the world knuckle pads are a common occurrence.  The prevalence of knuckle pads is difficult to determine because this problem often does not cause physical symptoms.  Thus, people do not often seek medical care for them. Knuckle pads can be present in any age group, with the most common in adults 40 years of age and older, especially males who engage in heavy manual labor.

Pain associated with knuckle pads

Pain associated with Garrod’s pads is greatly variable. For some people there is no pain.  Most, and for others the pain is intense and constant.  Further, for some, pain is only when touched or when the finger moves. This suggests a connection between the Garrod’s pad and the tendon sheath of the finger.

When firm, the knuckle pads or nodules may be only tender to palpation, otherwise they do not cause pain or other symptoms.   These nodules are closely adherent to the skin in Dupuytren contracture while movement of the nodule during finger flexion/extension suggests an association with the tendon sheath.

Treatment for Garrod’s pads  

Treatment for Garrod’s pad makes sense when knuckle pads cause pair or otherwise affect the use of the hand.  Surgery can be considered after safer conservative natural DCI treatment has not been successful.  Please read about the DCI treatment protocol.

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Does this sound like Dupuytrens and Ledderhose?

hi.  i think that i have dupuytrens. twice in the last six months my pinky and ring finger was bent when i woke i have nodule on pinky. otherwise apart from pins and needles in my hands and feet and going very red i have no other problems. does this sound like dupuytrens and ledderhose?  regards, sharon

Greetings Sharon,

I am not clear on the details you write about here.  You make it sound as though on two separate occasions you woke with your ring (4th) and little (5th) fingers bent and a nodule on the little finger; you email also gives the impression you do not now have bent fingers or a nodule anywhere.   It is not likely that if you had Dupuytren’s contracture that it would go away twice on its own without treatment.  For this reason your situation does not sound like you have Dupuytren’s disease.  

If I did not read your email correctly, and the finger flexion and nodule formation have been constant for the last six months, then your situation could more likely be Dupuytren’s disease.

However, to know for sure if you do or do not have this hand problem you really should be examined by a skilled orthopedist or hand specialist for a definite diagnosis. 

You also mention pins and needles sensations, and redness, in your hands and feet.   Neither of these are commonly associated with a Dupuytren or Ledderhose problem, but it might be possible under certain circumstances.  In summary, get yourself checked out so you know for sure what is going on, OK?  TRH