Diabetes Complication: Cheiroarthropathy

By Theresamd Latest Reply 2013-07-16 15:13:26 -0500
Started 2011-02-06 04:33:19 -0600

Been taking insulin close to 33 years. Recently diagnosed with this painful condition in both hands. Surprised to learn that reports say 50 - 85% of long term diabetics develop some degree of the condition.
Had cortisone injections at the base of the fingers to stop my fingers from locking in strange positons. Also going to Occupational Therapy for Ultrasound massage, electrical stimulation, hot wax treatments, etc.
Is anyone else in the group dealing with this?

4 replies

jskurilla 2013-07-16 15:13:26 -0500 Report

I was recently diagnosed with diabetic cheiroarthropathy in June. My right pointer finger is locked in position, awaiting an apt. with a rheumatologist. I have had trigger finger in both thumbs in the past with cortisone injections x 3 in both thumbs,with little relief. I also had EMG's done on both arms a couple of weeks ago and the neurologist found that I have carpal tunnel in both wrists and both ulnar nerve is trapped, but they won't do surgery to get it "untrapped" because there isn't much coating left on either one of the nerves. I am however going to get the carpal tunnel release. I'm feeling quite unlucky lately lol. My question to anyone out there is how fast does the cheiroarthropathy progress? I have a few fingers on my left hand that won't flatten, both hands always hurt but the killer is that pointer finger and thumb on my right hand (of course I'm right handed). I am having a hard time adapting to writing or doing much with my either hand. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

roshy 2011-02-10 20:01:49 -0600 Report

My dad has had the same treatment!! he has been type one for over 45 years!! the cortisone shots are supposed to be very painfull! he also suffered from frozan shoulder. Both conditions eased up after treatment.

best of luck

Harlen 2011-02-06 08:53:42 -0600 Report

I dont but as one that uses my hands all the time I feel for you frend
Did the Doc sey that this treatment will help ???? or may be fix it?
I just had my hands worked on (both hands ) not fun but thank god they work well now.
Best wishes

Theresamd 2011-02-06 11:25:04 -0600 Report

My Occupational Therapist says the normal course of treatment is to try the cortisone shots twice along with the therapy and exercises. The intent is to relieve pain and prevent further damage and reduction of mobility. If it doesn't work, they surgically split the tendons to relieve the pain.
However, that surgery is not an option for me because I develop very large and painful keloidal scars, which would just add to my discomfort. The Nurse whom I met at the Rehab center had that surgery on both of her hands already. She has great skin, so they healed well, and she got relief.
May I ask what work you had done on your hands?

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