I Have Dupuytren's Disease And Mine Is Painful And Just Wondering How Common This Was.

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I Have Dupuytren's Disease And Mine Is Painful And Just Wondering How Common This Was.

Waiting for a call to have my sixth operation done. I am 49 years old and had my first operation when I was 43. Now I am starting to also get the knuckle pads on both hands. Two operations on my left thumb, my left palm, side of my index finger on my left hand and palm on my right hand. Have had a lot of pain with mine. Pain is manageable as long as I am easy on them. Just wondering if many people experience the pain that I do, because by what I read it is not suppose to be painful.

Answer

Dupuyten's disease - which involves abnormal thickening of the tissue of the skin beneath the palm of the hand - is not typically painful and often is treated with simple stretching. In more serious cases, which unfortunately you have, surgery is required to help with pain and stop the fingers from contracting. It is not uncommon for Dupuyten's disease to recur - hence your need for multiple surgeries.

Some other treatments for Dupuyten's disease - which you've presumably tried - include stretching, ultrasound and heat. One experimental treatments involves the immune agent interferon alpha -2b to try to break up the collagen deposits.