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Depuytren's Disease and Contracture
Posted by: JoAnn
Date: May 12, 2005 3:01 AM

I'm writing to determine a treatment or supplement therapy if there's a known deficiency related to Depuytren's Syndrome. My husband has the symptoms known as palmar fascia in his right index finger and some extending thickening from what seems to be the core area. He believes much of this has been caused from the use of tools and 15 years of cutting and installing carpet in miles and miles of commercial buildings. He also has the genetic predisposition for Dupuytren's Contracture because he's a white, North European, Dane, 53 years of age. His spinal condition is not exactly in the best of shape either with a few noticeable spurs, and less than perfect lower lumbar discs. Even though the malady is named for a French surgeon, I'm hopeful there is a non-intrusive treatment. I don't believe this is imposssible because of several health issues we've been able to reverse without surgery. I was advised the only treatment for my painful and ugly protruding heel spurs was to cut 'em off while the operating room doctors put me under. I waited and discovered that by using 3000 mg daily of MSM, the heel spurs would vacate my heels, and they did. My husband is a musician, guitar and banjo, and cannot play at this point. He is in prison for the next 2 years and could probably get the suggested surgery to relieve the condition, however; this is exactly the "medical thinking" we are opposed to, regardless of where one resides, or what medical help is available. I would rather see him playing guitar and banjo, learning new songs now while he has the "time."

RE: Depuytren's Disease and Contracture
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: May 12, 2005 5:18 AM

The cause of Depuytren's is thought to be genetic and therefore it does not yield to nutrtional therapies except that large dose vitamine E is supposed to provide some softening of the scar tissue. A newer treatment is the injection of collagen, although I have not had the opportunity to do that and see it it works.

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