Diabetic Hand Syndrome - Complication

Hi, all - new to the forum here. I’m enjoying reading everyone’s posts so far. I have been a Type I since age 12, now 41 years old. For the last 5 years or so, I have been experiencing hand problems, weakness and difficulty straightening my hands. It happens with both hands, though not usually at the same time. Been tested for Carpal tunnel, Arthritis, Gout, MRI for neck (I have had neck pain). Hand specialist diagnosed it as “Diabetic Hand syndrome” - where the tendons gather around the muscles and “bunch up,” making it difficult to open the hand. Anyone ever heard of this? I asked if it was the same thing as neuropathy, but he said no. This was a complication I had never heard of, and any information anyone had would be appreciated!


It’s called Dupuytren’s Contracture.



I’ve never heard of this condition, but then again - there are a lot of things I don’t know about diabetes. I’ve had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and prior to the surgery my hands would go numb. I didn’t usually have trouble straightening my hands. What does the specialist recommend for you?

I found this at Mayo Clinic website: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/AN01072