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#1 imagine2

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:59 AM

Good morning everyone,
I have a question. I noticed yesturday that my fingernails have grown vertical ridges. This was not there last month. I have them on all but 2 fingernails. Is this something related to sclero? Or can Raynaud's cause this? Any info would be helpful. I'm not worried about it, just curious. Thanks
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:24 AM

Hi Imagine
Me too, I have had ridges on my nails for years, never thought twice about it, now you got me thinking.. if I remember correctly I heard taking a Vitamin could help, wich one ? I don't remember!
Alot of good I :wacko: was !
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:28 AM

Imagine2, I also get those ridges. I got them when Raynaud's kicked in. I got them when Carpal tunnel was happening. I notice when my body gets into a weakened state or I am having pain issues my nails start getting the hardened ridges. They feel horrible to the touch. I sand them down and try to keep them filed. I use to keep them coated with clear polish so they would look better. Now, I let them breath and just keep oils on my cuticles and lotions on my hands. I showed my hands and nails to one of my family physicians once. He laughed at me when I told him this happens to my fingernails when my resistance is down. When I was having some real major bowel issues my Gastro doctor grabbed my hands and looked at my fingers and nails. He said our hands and nails tell us many things. He gave me medication for my bowel issues and said when my system was up and running to speed my nails would clear up but to always protect them. I have and I get several months a year when I have pretty nails.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:30 AM

It might have been vitamin E. That is the usual vitamin for skin and nails.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:37 AM

I use vitamin E oil on my nails also I use another item that I buy from a company and it really works great too. I also have the ridges and I try to sand them down too and I use the Vit. E oil when I do it. I'm not really sure as to why it happens but it does. I'm thinking it means something though and I don't remember what.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 03:42 AM

Hi Imagine,

I hope this message finds you well,

I was told these ridges can indicate a rheumatic disease. Sure enough, I got them before my other symptoms showed up on a few fingers and my big toes. From what I saw on the internet they are usually in an article about RA, but of course, RA is much more common than sclero. My doctor told me not to worry about them, cosmetic concerns only. The only thing that bothers me is if I break a nail with them, the edge of the ridge is sharp and and thicker, nothing my nail file can't remedy so far.

Take good care of yourself!

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 04:24 AM

Our delightful page on Fingernails, Fingerprints, Nailfolds, and Cuticles expands upon this topic, a bit.

Happy reading!
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 04:24 AM

Add me in here too, I've always had bad nails as far back as I can remember, not just ridges but crevices....I've tried everything....(anyone remember the gelatin craze?). If anyone has any ideas that "work"....can you let me know? Still searching.... - Lisa
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 05:30 AM

Robin,
In addition to reading the articles about nail abnormalities that Shelley provided, you might be interested in what the Mayo Clinic has to say about vertical nail ridging.

"Vertical nail ridges, which extend from your cuticle to the tip of your nail, are fairly common and often become more numerous or prominent as you age. Vertical ridges in your nails are not a health concern. Although the exact cause of such ridging isn't known, heredity likely plays a role. "

According to MedLine Plus, "Call your health care provider if you have:

* Blue nails
* Clubbed nails
* Distorted nails
* Horizontal ridges
* Pale nails
* White lines
* White color under the nails"

I've had the vertical lines for years. I find they get more prominent the longer my fingernails grow and my fingernails can grow VERY long. My cardiologist and rheumatologist always check my fingernails on every visit and their visit summaries say "no clubbing". So I guess that's what they are mainly concerned about. Clubbing can be an indicator of lung problems; however, I do have lung problems but no clubbing. Go figure.

Hope this information helps.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:12 AM

Yes, Ladyhawke I do remember the gelatin craze. I still buy it several times a year. If it might work and it isn't harmful then try it, wasn't that the motto. I think it works or I wouldn't still be purchasing that big name product of years gone by.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:31 AM

I struggled my first 25 years with thin weak nails till I finally found a multivitamin that didn't upset my stomach. Noticed a huge difference in my hair and nails quickly.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:52 PM

Hey Sheryl
I even got those gelatin capsules.....still didn't do much for me. I do find that I get a "small" improvement if I am persistant in using a good lotion.....but that is like every single time that my hands come out of water. I just don't seem to be able to keep it up. Also using rubber gloves but I just don't take the time.....but I just read that people would soak there hands in gelatin? It says it doesn't work.
Someone did just buy me one of those hot wax thingy's that you put your hands in and then put baggies on them.....It feels sooooo good. Don't know if it will help the nails or not though. Hugs! - Lisa
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:12 PM

ladyhawke, you will love your wax machine if you get into a routine. Do try to use it twice a week for warming purposes and you will also get the benefit of nice smooth hands. The extra stimulation of your hands and rubbing of your cuticles should help your hands. I have had my machine about 15 years now. It really works great on my feet, to warm them when I just can't seem to get them warmed up. After heating each foot and putting it into the plastic bag, I take a big bath towel and wrap my one foot in it, while soaking the other foot. Then when my second foot is warm I sit with both feet propped up and wrapped while I do a number game I enjoy playing. This gives me time for myself doing something to help me feel good.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:16 PM

ahhhh....thanks Sheryl! I plan on using it alot this winter, I'm gonna start after tomorrow (turkey day!). I've been wanting one for a long time. :emoticon-hug: Lisa
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:20 PM

Ladyhawke, Sandra and any others celebrating Thanksgiving with family members, enjoy your time with all your family and any friends you are also celebrating with. Happy Turkey Day.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:01 AM

hi can you tell me what type sclero you have as I think this plays apart in the ridges on your finger nails Lynn

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:59 AM

Nail ridges? Yep, me too. Vertical and horizontal ridges, very pale nails on hands and feet, thinning and brittle nails that sometimes 'delaminate', and, wait for it, splinter hemorrhages in the last year - just about everything on the list. Like Janey, I have lung problems too and no clubbing. One of the links on the page Shelley gave us mentions pale nails can be associated with thyroid problems. A manicurist noticed mine and mentioned it long before my doctor did. Posted Image

It's so annoying. I used to have the strongest nails in the world and could really beat up my hands with no ill effects. Not any more and especially not in the winter. If I hit the surface of the nails (not the tips) with anything, oh boy, does it hurt. So now, I keep my nails short and unpolished and have big pump bottles of lotion all over the house, being far too lazy to walk to another room to get some lotion. Posted Image
I've developed a bit of a glove and mitten fetish too.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 05:37 AM

Okay so is the power of suggestion?! I've just read the link in Shelley's post and now am sure my nails are smaller than they were! Great. I don't have ridges but the nails themselves have become really hard compared to what they were. How odd that they're now nice and strong but I can't grow them long due to sclerodactyly! Never mind.
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