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#1 susie54

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 08:20 AM

I have this new dent and line vertically across my fingernail. It just started appearing this week. I know I did not hit it. Do any of you have this. I has made the nail real bumpy. Susie54

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 06:08 PM

Hi there Susie,
I have to say that I have not had any trouble with my finger nails. Sometimes these things come a go so quickly...and sometimes they stick around way too long. Just in case, I might take a photo to show the Dr. at your next visit, that way there will be no confusion when you try to express your concerns about this.
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Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:38 AM

Hi Susie, I to have lines and dents in my nails. In the last year I've had quite a few changes. My skin and nails the most. I guess this just goes with whatever is going on.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 08:14 AM

Hi Susie I have awfull lumps and bumps on my nails ridges as well I believe it is called clubbing what type of scleroderma do you have Lynn

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 10:11 AM

I have Mixed Connective tissue disease. I guess the key word here is disease. It just causes alot of odd growths everywhere, even fingernails. That nail has changed in shape quite a bit over the past year. I have slight lung involvement with DLCO drop of 75% this year. Not too shabby yet. My oxygen is good. Do you have lung involvement? Susie54

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 02:05 AM

Hi Susie, yes I do have lung involvment that was why I asked what type you had as this is usally a sign of lung problems I have both crest and diffuse my index finger nails have been like this for a long time but they all are now about 30 years ago my chiropadist looked at my hands and nails and beged me to go to the doctors as she said I had lung and heart problems doctor was not impressed Lynn

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 04:41 AM

Hey! I have had the lumpy fingernail thing happen, It looks like, what I would imagine would happen to your nail if your damaged your nailbed by some trauma, but I know I hadn't. They also get ridges and white lines in them. Now, I was a terrible nail biter, have been since the day my first teeth came in! :lol: When I first started with this disease, my rehum wanted me to stop and let them at least reach the ends of my fingers to help protect the finger tip. Now, I get acrylic nails and I don't have any where near the problem of the skin at the edges of my nails getting thick and cracking. When I bit my nails, the skin would get hard and thick like a callous and then it would split deep into the quick, ouch!!!! I don't know if using the "fake nails" is bad, but my finger tip look and feel much better.
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Posted 12 May 2007 - 07:06 AM

Hi Lynn,

Yes, I do have lung involvement and they are keeping an eye on it. This past holiday I had a huge flare up that showed borderline pulmonary hypertension, syncope, irregular heartbeat for a while, also drop in blood pressure for a while. My DLCO dropped about 10% from last year but my FVC and FEV1 are all normal, even high normal and my pulse ox is 98 most of the time. They did a night study to see if I needed oxygen but I passed . I think barely. If I sleep real hard, the next day I noticed I am short of breath of tired. How about you? Susie54

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:41 AM

Hi Susie , I have lung involvement--almost 50% of my lungs have gone hard. I am only taking steroids at the mo as I had bad reaction to 2 meds and they have given me another one but before I could get myself to take it, eye specialist thinks I have glaucoma. I see rheumatologist on tuesday as the med he gave me can affect the eyes so I never took it will see what he says. I do get irregular heart beat some times and I have just had blood pressure tabs increased. I think they will look at my lungs again this time I go. Lynn

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 01:38 AM

Hi Lynn,

I am sorry you have so much trouble. Has this happened over a long period of time or suddenly? Have you found your treatments help in stopping the progression of the lung disease? Glaucomas usually show up with steroid medicines. Are you able to be very mobile.If you don't mind me asking, when you were first short of breath, did it feel as though there is an emptiness when you breath in like the air just can't grab.It's an odd feeling but a restricted feeling when breathing like something hollow in the middle of the chest. Susie54

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 03:10 AM

Hi. Sorry so late to chime in.
My lungs are at 39% and I've noticed no dents, but I have noticed their shape is changing. I take flax seed and omega-3 and after several months it has smoothed out the rough ridges and given them a nice shine. I had no moons before and now they're coming back - hopefully a sign of good health to come.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 06:32 AM

Hi Peanut,

THat is interesting that your moons are coming back. I would think it would be a sign that you are getting better. Do you feel better? I am sorry you have lost so much lung capacity. Have certain medicines seemed to help you? Susie54

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:50 AM

Susie54,
I am having more better days than I use to. I feel I've been lucky in that all the meds the doctors have prescribed do what they're supposed to without any major side affects. The cyclophosphamide really put a stop on my out of control immune system, Imuran's holding it (so far) and the prednisone - for as much as I hate it - keeps my cough at bay.

I don't worry about the after affects of the cyclophosphamide. The doses I received were really, really, really low compared to the high doses cancer patients get. Yeah getting cancer would be a bummer but I'm pretty sure that without it I would probably be on oxygen.

I'm always short of breath. My lung doctor said mentally you just have to get use to it, tell your brain not to freak out and it's okay. http://www.sclero.or..._DIR#/laugh.gif

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