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Anyone Else Climbing Hard With Dupuytren's?
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Mar 17, 2013
following what im 99% sure was a lumbrical tear about 7 or 8 months ago (injured palm of hand badly after pulling a 2-finger underclinging pocket) i strained my pinky recently while open-handing a bad hold in an awkward position.

pain was coming + going up till a few days ago, when i noticed a small hard ball at the base of my pinky. almost feels like its "under" the a2 pulley...the pulley itself is sore, but the lump isnt tender at all, and i cant move it around at all - feels like its directly on the tendon.

my bloodline is 100% northern euro too, which makes me genetically predisposed, im pretty OK with it, ill climb offwidths with a fist for the rest of my life if i have to, whatever.

im just wondering if anyone else here has been able to climb hard with this condition? is it something you just have to race against, and it just gets worse as time goes on? gotta admit the loss of power thing bugs me out a bit..
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Mar 17, 2013
Talk to Mark Hudon. He posts on Mountain Project as Mark Hudon. Here is the SuperTopo thread about his Dupuytrens surgery.
Taylor Jenkins
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Mar 26, 2013
I just had it operated on in January. My little finger was pretty bent and it's not totally straight now just yet. I expect to be climbing as well as I ever have come June in Yosemite. So far, for me, the operation an recover has been a total non issue.

Before I had it cut, it wasn't hurting at all, it was just bent and inconvenient. It was rather odd dealing with it, getting it into cracks, but all in all, barely an issue.

I had it cut since I'm getting old and I need all the advantages I can get and that it was going to get worse, more and more bent as time went on. I'm in good shape now and have some goals for the next few years so I figured the time was right to get it fixed.
Mark Hudon
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Mar 26, 2013
I have it on both hands, it's much worse on my left hand under the ring finger. My doc said not to get the surgery until it started "bothering" me. I have short bouts of pain occasionally, but they usually don't last too long.

My wife did a bunch of searching on the internet and one person extolled the use of vitamin E cream. So, I bought some (the kind with lots of vitamin E 30,000 gu)and I apply it religiously every morning to both palms. It might be the placebo effect, but I'm pretty sure that since I started using it 2 yrs ago, that it hasn't progressed much at all. Before that it seemed like it was getting noticeably worse every month. It's not getting better, just seems to be not getting worse. Good luck!
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