Is my other hand problem related to Dupuytren’s contracture?

I am a 56 year old female, nee Thomasson, with Nordic Viking ancestors having settled from Ireland on the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire, England in 902. My father exhibited severe Dupuytrens, as did my grandfather, and my paternal aunt. I have the disease moderately advancing in my right (dominant) hand.

My question is: In my left hand, I have a “knuckle pad” on my pinkie finger, and experience occasional UBER SEVERE “catches” or “twinges” on my outer left palm.  This can occur suddenly, and without aggravation, e.g., opening a car door, tying a scarf.   The pain is debilitating. It feels as if I have “karate chopped” a brick wall. My outer palm feels tender and bruised.  I need help with simple tasks, e.g., fastening my bra, lifting a pot of oatmeal….The pain gradually subsides over 5-9 days, and I’m good as new ’till the next occurrence… This happens 3-4 times a year.

Related to Dupuytrens? Any idea what this is? I haven’t been able to find any other references. BTW, I also do have carpal tunnel syndrome in the dominant right hand (the Depuytrens Claw…) but control that thru acupuncture – Currently not an issue.

Many Thanks!



Greetings Deborah,

You certainly fit the classic description for the genetic basis of Dupuytren’s contracture.

In severe Dupuytren disease there can be related soft tissue problems, especially with the tendon sheaths and nerves if there is significant anatomical compromise in this part of the body where so many delicate structures are so closely packed together – no room for error, you might say.  Your occasional and temporary  “uber severe” left hand episodes could be related to infrequent exacerbation caused by over work or slight unnoticed trauma that has disproportionate consequences.  If  there is an association between the two it could be of the strong indirect kind because of the possibility you are developing DC in the other hand as well.  

Have you considered trying to help yourself with natural Dupuytren treatment?    TRH