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Dupuytren’s Contracture

OK, so it’s a weird sounding title. I happen to suffer (if you can call it that as there is little or no pain), from Dupuytren’s Contracture. It’s a disease that affects the ligaments in the hand. A cord develops that causes my tendons to tighten and thereby causes my fingers to start to curl up.

Dupuytren's contracture

My poor little finger.

Right now my little finger on my right hand won’t straighten out and it causes all sorts of problems. For instance, it affects the way I shake hands. Many people think I’m trying to convey a secret handshake. So far I have had three offers of marriage and four invitations to join a secret religious lodge.

I had this happen before and had to have surgery under a general anaesthetic to correct it. At one point after the surgery, it looked as though I had held on to a hand grenade too long as the healing skin had to to be removed to make way for the new skin.

When it developed in my other hand I was told that I could have it treated in the plastic surgeon’s office before it got too bad.  I thought it would be a good time to get my face lifted as well but Rosalie talked me out of it.

The treatment that time involved a local anaesthetic which was very painful when it was administered. Then, a needle was inserted under the skin to break up the cord. A couple of days later when I had finished whining, I was as right as rain again.

Apparently, if you let Dupuytren’s Contracture go untreated, your fingers will curl up to the point where they are almost useless. At this point, the treatment could involve removing a finger. Not an option for me.

The treatment was first developed in France by doctor Guillaume Dupuytren who was Napoleon’s  personal physician, who also famously, treated his haemorrhoids. There is a joke there somewhere I know it, but it seems to elude me.

“I sometimes lament the fact that I do not have the benefit of a complete and ailment free body structure.”

Amitabh Bachchan.

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