Patient Comments: Dupuytren's Contracture - Symptoms

What were your symptoms associated with Dupuytren's contracture?

Comment from: Bill50, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I had surgery for Dupuytren's contracture on my hand several weeks ago. My pinky finger was bent down almost to my palm. Ring finger was bent 90 degrees. Surgery was painless since I was asleep the whole time. I am still going to physiotherapist twice a week. I am trying to teach my hand how to grasp and make a fist. Lots of scar tissue is making recovery hard. I had the symptoms for several years without any pain. I just got tired of only having 3 useable fingers on my hand. I will update this when my hand returns to normal.

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Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I had surgery on my left hand (ring finger) in 2012 for Dupuytren's' contracture. I thought I had been stuck by a catfish barb 2 or 3 years before. I got along really good and have no recurrence on left hand. I now have right hand with this disease. It is very painful, I have had injections with no relief. I have pain while driving when I hold the steering wheel. I am going to get surgery in the fall when temperature is cooler.

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Comment from: Annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had Dupuytren's contracture on left hand 3 years ago. It started with a place that looked as if a catfish had finned me. It got worse and pain was almost unbearable. I finally had it operated on and thank goodness I did! I had physiotherapy (PT) but have got along very well. Now I have the contracture on the right hand and it is very painful. I will wait until winter time to have it operated on; the brace which is fitted to you is too hot for summer. I got along very well with surgery and PT. I hope you get along good also!

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Comment from: Ben, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I have the beginnings of Dupuytren's contracture in both hands with obvious lumps and pits. I have pestered my doctor and I am back to fracture clinic to start the investigative process again, and hope this time I will be taken seriously. As it is my fingers, except thumb and forefinger, all bend towards palm. At rest my hand is claw like. All I can hope for I suppose is that it doesn't get worse as the cords start to make an appearance, and perhaps injections could halt its progression and give me back normal hands. I am only 34, it started out of the blue in late 2012.

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Comment from: Scots03deuce, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 09

I first developed Dupuytren's contracture in my early 20s. It got quite severe in my left hand and I had surgery. By the time I was in my mid 50s it was full blown in both hands and my knuckles on my left hand as well as a large nodule in the arch of my right foot. I have now had 10 surgical procedures on my hands and right foot as well as carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, severe carpal tunnel! Within 2 months of all my surgeries, it all came back now on my right knuckles as well. Now it appears to be developing in my left foot. It grows in me like a weed. To have all these surgeries and have it develop so rapidly is very rare especially on the knuckles. I can only close my left hand half way and I am left handed. It is annoying and painful. It is prevalent in people of Scotch Irish descent who work excessively with their hands. I have been a fabricator and machinist most of my life and can no longer do these things. My father had it fairly severe in both hands but he passed when I was 8 years old.

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Comment from: contracture devlops, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 22

My Dupuytren's contracture developed due to burning with hot tea. I have on my neck like a contracture like a rod 2 inches long.

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Comment from: Mr. Gibson in WI, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I've had corrective surgeries for Dupuytren's contracture on both hands, twice on the left and once on the right. All three surgical corrections lasted about two years, then the curling of the fingers resumed. No relief in sight. It appears the surgeries exacerbated the contractions in my other fingers from my little finger through my thumbs, making it difficult to hold a glass of water. I am seeking mechanical aids. Finding it difficult to clean up after going to the toilet. Doctor says it may affect my feet or anywhere else tendons occur in the body. Hoping for the best, expecting a little less.

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