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I can't peel an apple!

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My hands and fingers really hurt and I can't make a fist now. I can't peel an apple with a knife. Also cutting with a knife has been killing me. Any ideas on how to make adjustments?


It's very frustrating.

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Hi, I have this problem as well and find using a mezzaluna, a knife with a handle at each end and a half moon curved blade, helps. You can put the flat of your hands on the handles and rock the knife back and forth. It won't help you peel an apple but it will cut carrots and potatoes. For peeling things you could get a yankee apple peeler. It suctions onto your countertop and you stick the apple on to a spike and turn a handle and a little blade does the peeling. Ahh, I'm hopeless at describing things, sorry but I hope I convey the idea at least.

All the best,


sally forth

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Dear Purple Librarian,


I'm sorry that your hands are hurting. Please consult your scleroderma expert about this as soon as you can. I found it extremely helpful to have occupational therapy at the very beginning of hand problems. I learned how to exercise and stretch my hands every day. They made special finger and hand braces for me to wear, some for daytime, some for night. I learned the importance of keeping my hands warm, had warm wax treatments, and learned about assistive devices for all sorts of hand issues. And so forth.


Altogether, now you wouldn't know I'd had such problems. But the key is starting very early, sticking with it, never skipping a stretching or hand exercise session, and not giving up. It may not prevent all involvement for everyone, but it is far better than just letting things deteriorate!

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Initially I dreaded my hands being effected but they were and now they have the typical sclerodactyly appearance. Nevertheless with the help of adaptations hand involvement has not been the disaster I initially thought it would be. I have adapted cutlery that has wide rubber handles, electric can opener, peeler and bottle/jar opener and for anything else my husband. :)

Amanda Thorpe

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