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Ridged fingernails

Postby helenclaire » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:10 am

I have really severe horizontal bumps on my nails, each no more than 2mm apart. They've been there a few months now and they look and feel horrendous!

Does anyone else get these, is it connected to Fibro? And can I get rid of them? I keep having to put nail varnish on to cover them a bit, but that's so much effort! :crazy: xx
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby adelesmith » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:17 am

I have had this for years as well as a few dimples in my nails, I put it down to fibro and to b honest dont even really notice them anymore, would be interesting to find out what causes them :)
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby vampireangela » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:57 am

Omg I thought it was just me my nails r a mess I didn't think it was to do with fibro
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby LouLou » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:17 pm

Hi helenclaire

I'm not sure if this is linked with Fibro but you can get these square blocks with different sides on for filing your nails. One side has a nail file, one side is a ridge remover, then you use the smooth side to smooth the ridges out, then it's the shine side to add a bit of shine.

I use one of these once a week and find that when I use it I just have to apply a nail strengthener ontop and my nails look fine. It gets rid of any bumps in my nails straight away and you can get them from supermarkets and pound shops and they don't cost a lot.

I use the Sally Hansen nail strengthener as there are a few different types in her range for different nail problems and I have to say my nails are growing much better and stronger/smoother since doing this. They dry quite quickly too so minimal effort required.

Hope that helps
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby whoami » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:28 pm

Lou Lou, I tried one of those file buffers. It sounded like a great idea. It worked wonderfully for friends. Then there is me, LOL! The pain was unbearable. I am very sensitive when it comes to my nails. I can feel the weight of nail polish.

Just when I got use to the ridges I thought I would let them grow. They looked beautiful in their own bumpy way, LOL. Then along came cancer and radiation and along went my nails. Now they have ridges as well as being brittle and break off easily. Good thing I love my garden and don't have to have beautiful nails for the weeds, LOL
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby masonsbarms » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:19 pm

hi, i have theses also and i cant remember where i read it but it said it was a symptom of fm,

i will try to find the site i found it on,

i have got used to them now,

take care xx
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby helenclaire » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:10 pm

Thanks everyone for replying. Glad to know my fingers aren't going to fall off or anything :-D

Thanks for the advice on the nail file LouLou, I will definitely give it a whirl...anything to make me feel a bit more normal.

If anyone finds out any more, please let me know.

Take care xx
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby bulbie » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:33 pm

I have these, wasn't aware of it being a fibro thing. My BF has them too, but does not have fibro...
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby LouLou » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:48 am

Wow whoami you have been thorugh a lot!

I can't even begin to imagine your pain and how you feel if you are so sensitive to things like nail polish. It's amazing how different we all are in our FM journey. I have pain all the time but can handle having a massage whereas a lot of people with FM can't, and things like doing my nails doesn't take too much out of me yet it really affects you (as an example lol) There are people on here who can do more exercise than I can etc etc.

It just constantly amazes me how one and the same illness can affect people so differently. Maybe that's why Doctors and Specialists have such a hard time researching it and putting things out there about it.

helenclaie, good luck I hope you find something that works for you - I would say if you try those files to only do it once a week and use a nail strengthener afterwards or you could end up with weak nails. As I said before I swear by the Sally Hansen stuff, it's a bit more pricey but my nails are definitely much smoother and stronger since using it.

Also, Rimmel and some other cosmetic brands do these 60 second dry nail varnishes which I tend to use instead of normal nail varnish because of the effort involved so may be worth trying one of those if you feel like doing your nails? I have a few really pale pink shaed which just need one coat and make my nails look like I've made a lot of effort when I haven't really lol.
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby Lemonie » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:52 am

Hiya .. I have this and it was one of the reasons I was misdiagnosed as having Psoriatic Arthritis as it is a symptom. If you have psoriasis it could have gone into your nails, just a thought.
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby holmess » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:42 pm

I have these too, also on my toe nails. The symptoms are never ending :(
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby lolo73 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:04 pm

Other medical illnesses can cause nail ridges like heart disease and hypothyrodism. Not that I am saying anyone has these things but if they did it could be that rather than the FMS. I have copied the link but I am not sure I am allowed to post it on here, sincere apologies if I have done something wrong x

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency ... 003247.htm
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Re: Ridged fingernails

Postby Iceskatemum » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:46 pm

Don't know about it being a symptom of anything but if you are wanting to camoflage your nails for a special occasion have you tried the 3 week gel nail varnishes. They are basically coloured acrilics that get hardened under uv light but totally hide any problem areas in a nail and give you a very smooth finish. They have a range of amazing colours in them so you can go from very classic to wild, also suitable for nail art .

I used them last year when I went on holiday and while the colour on my toes lasted 3 weeks or more, there were a few chips after about 10 days on my finger nails but nothing much. I did however pay to have them removed as I was told if you try to remove them your self , (either with nail varnish remover or :oops: :oops: can be quite easily picked off after a while :nono: :nono: ) it can ruin your nails and make them very weak until the full nail grows again which can take ages .
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Ridged fingernails

Postby Wendy_b » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:04 pm

Hi Helenclair
I have Fibro also but I also have the advantage of being a qualified nail technician. I also have ridges buy only on my toe nails. There is a possibility that it could be Fibro but other conditions and medication can cause these too.
To disguise this you could have have either shellac or gelish applied at your local nail bar. Both these should last roughly 3 weeks and you can have them reapplied as often as you want. These are ok and let your nails breath underneath.
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