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#1 living linda

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:11 PM

Does any one else have some weird shaped fingernails? My middle nail on the right hand is curved very oddly. I don't know how to describe it but it curves all the way under? Now my index nails are starting too.

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:51 PM

Hi Linda,

I think most of my fingernail symptoms can be attributed to an excess of gardening (at least at this time of the year)! :lol:

We do have a good section on Fingernails, though. There are lots of causes: the aforementioned gardening, too frequent hand-washing and so on, but there are also various medical conditions that can show up in a fingernail problem. I think this is something I'd mention to my doctor at my next appointment or sooner if the problem seems severe and with rapid progression.

The big question of the day is: have you quit going to nail salons that don't have the "Be kind to people, wipe out nail parlor cruelty!" sign in the window?

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#3 living linda

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:38 AM

Although I love pretty gardens of flowers and vegetables I never work in them. That's my husbands hobby and mine is to watch and pick. I had seen another scleroderma patient with my "nails" and have always wondered the why. I just did a search on the net and found a slideshow from Mayo clinic and found my nails. It is called clubbing and can be associated with low Oxygen in blood and lung disease among other things. Could my severe raynauds or pulmonary fibrosis be the cause? I plan to discuss this with my rheumatologist when I see him. If he will sit long enough. Maybe I'll tie him up or lock the door. Just teasing, I love my doctor.

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:42 AM

I did forget to respond to the nail salon question. Thanks for asking. I still love to talk about what happened. Ha,ha... I went back to my original nail girl and confessed up to what I had done. I told her what had happened and she didn't like it a bit. She is so sweet and professional and I shall never stray again!

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 02:48 PM

Linda,
I've always heard the term clubbing in association with low oxygen due to Pulmonary Fibrosis. Has your Pulmonologist never said anything to you regarding your fingertips and nails? I'd sure ask him about them on your next visit, or you might want to see him sooner, since the other nails are starting.
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 08:57 AM

Linda,
I've added a couple of articles to the link that Jeannie provided. They both talk about clubbing and its possible association with pulmonary disease. Please check out Fingernail Abnormalities.

I agree with all that you need to see a pulmonologist. I did not know of this possible connection prior to reading this thread. I have mild pulmonary fibrosis, but no clubbing. Interesting discussion. Let us know if you find out anything.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 09:14 AM

Hi all my finger nails look strange they call it clubbing and they are getting worse I do have lung problems by 50 % where they have gone hard , and my finger nails have lots of ridges on them I believe this is due to the lung damage Lynn xx

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:03 AM

Lynn,
I have the vertical ridges on my fingernails. With all this talk about how our fingernails indicate a health problem, I looked it up. I just looked that up and found the following articles at Mayoclinic.com.

What causes vertical ridges in fingernails?

Apparently, vertical ridges are very common and aren't a health concern; however, changes in color or horizontal ridges could indicate an underlying health concern such as lung problems or malnutrition. Interesting.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:12 AM

I actually have an appointment coming up soon with a pulmonary doctor. He has been following a lung nodule for a couple of years. I get a c-t scan every 6 mos. and so far the nodule has not grown. The pulmonary doctor did confirm mild fibrosis though. He told me I am his one and only scleroderma patient. I don't want anyone else to have this terrible disease, but would feel a tad better if he had treated it before. Never has any doctor mentioned my nails to me. I plan to mention it to them next visit. I am going to become my own best advocate!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:35 AM

My finger nails curve over too. I never said anything to the doctors. My aunt who was a diabetic told me it meant I had a health condition. Hers curved over too.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:12 AM

I have terrible clubbing of my right index finger and now its starting on the right hand pinky. I want to THANK YOU so much for alerting me to this as I meet with my pulmonologist this Thursday after my quarterly PFT. I will be asking her about this right away. I also have a lung nodule that is being re-checked next Tuesday by the oncologist by another CT scan. By researching "clubbing" and now finding that it can be an indication of lung cancer and to know I have this big lung nodule worries me but I'm glad I'm informed so I can pursue it. I am so thankful for this forum as I don't know what I'd do without it.

Warm hugs,

Peggy