Seems like Old Man Winter is getting nasty after a mild start here in the Midwest. Hang onto your hats and put some wax on that shovel.
The second thing to notice in JXXXX’s comments is that he has had one finger amputated as a result of his multiple hand surgeries. It is important to keep in mind when thinking about DC surgery for the first time, that each operation removes a fair amount of tissue that cannot ever be replaced except by scar tissue. The nature of Dupuytren’s contracture is creation of excessive thickening and contraction of normal tissue to render it useless; when that same body part and tissue is cut on it will eventually produce more excessive thickening and contracture of the remaining normal tissue. If you have enough of these hand surgeries you will eventually run out of tissue and the only option left could be amputation. This is why it is so important to do all you can to avoid having that first surgery. DCI helps people in this important way and this is why we repeat this message so often since the common surgical results are so dismal. I hope all the PDI readers understand how this applies to them with their shaft problems.
On Dec 18, 2011, at 8:32 AM, Dr. T. Herazy wrote:
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:34 PM
At the base of the shaft at erection it has became constricted like a tight ring, with a sharp upward bend. The “scar” became about the size of a thumbnail across the topside of the shaft at the base. It was fairly typical of pictures and drawings I observed. I also experienced a dull pain when erect; and it became painful during personal relations. Your description of the progress of your PD is fairly typical. I finally consulted my doctor about it. Not surprisingly he made the standard Vitamin E recommendation, and also prescribed pentoxifylline ER 400 mg, 2x daily. This had no apparent effect. I also take Varapamil to offset migraines. Again, as I mentioned above, it is essential to use multiple therapies – not just vitamin E. MDs are fond of suggesting vitamin E because of the good research reports that it was initially given, but they fail to know anything about how to use it correctly. If you follow the recommendations for using the vitamin E you will find on the PDI and DCI websites you will get much better results than if you use the inferior grade products sold at the average vitamin shop or drug store.
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 10:40 PM
To: Dr. T. Herazy
Subject: Re: Question
2. Fibrozym – 2 tablets three times a day. One hour before meals
3. Nattokinase – 2 tablets two times a day. One hour before morning & evening meals
4. Fundamental Sulfur – 3 tablets three times a day. With meals.
5. Acetyl-L-carnitine – 1 tablet a day. With morning meal Consider adding 1-2 daily to your plan
6. PABA – 1 tablet a day. With morning meal Consider slowly increasing up to a total of 9/day by adding one/day to your current 1/day; one PABA daily is much too low to see results.
7. Vitamin A 400 IU – 2 tablets twice a day. With morning and evening meals
8. Pentoxifylline 400mg – 2 tablets a day. With morning and evening meals. I’m thinking of discontinuing this, and not refilling this prescription when the current bottle runs out.
9. Scar-X. – Once to twice daily. (I’m not consistent with this. I keep forgetting) Put the bottle out in front of everything else you are taking to remind yourself; carry it in your shirt pocket, or place a note on your computer monitor or bathroom mirror to get into the habit of taking your Scar-X. You make a big mistake to ignore this important therapy.
10. Unique-E applied with PDM DMSO. 3-5 times a week. Note: I first hit this nearly everyday, sometimes twice a day. But backed off for two reasons: 1) some discomfort, but mainly 2) offensive breath odor. I work with children and teachers (I’m a private school principal), and my wife said that she was noticing an offensive breath odor when I was using the DMSO. Reducing it stop that, but probably means it being less affective. Correct. I suggest using only once daily in the PM, after work hours. The breath problem is temporary as a person’s metabolism regulates the usage of it
11. PDI Stretching video – Twice daily 15 min’s morning and evening.
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