Health anxiety starting to pop up? Hope not...

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   Posted 4/28/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems like a kind of silly thing to be worried about.... But... I have these little dents in my fingernails... Not all of them... Just a few.

Also... (more embarrassing here... I like to avoid the topic of feet whenever possible. Funny, I have no problem talking about bowels... but feet are a different story)... On my right foot, my big toe toenail is halfway yellow... I've recently cut it kind of short to get rid of the yellowness (not so short for it to really hurt... there's still some yellow there and it drives me kinda crazy, but I won't cut it any shorter)...

Not sure what the deal is... I mean... With my fingernails, I have a bad habit of biting them (I tried quitting once, cold turkey... and was able to go four months without biting... but... been at the habit again)... So, I was thinking maybe that's probably why there's these little dents in my fingernails...

Or maybe it's from a lack of calcium... (I recently picked up a calcium supplement again... for a while after I've been off prednisone I didn't take it... which probably wasn't a good thing for me to do)...

Like I said... it seems like kind of a silly thing to wonder about... I probably wouldn't have even noticed the dents in my fingernails if I didn't have the habit of biting them...

Feel rather embarrassed now... I was just wondering if I should bring up any of this at the doctor (going today)... I don't want to look foolish....
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   Posted 4/28/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Might be some type of vitamin deficiency regarding the dents in your nails. I would see your Derm about your big toe and see if it isn't fungus. They just take a little sample. I have a toe fungus, a lovely gift from when I got my first ever pedi!
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   Posted 4/28/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Celey do you ever paint your toe nails? Sometimes when you where polish for a long time it will turn your nails yellow. You should just bring it up to your doctor today and see what he says. I don't really think it is anything to worry about.

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   Posted 4/28/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope your doctor's visit went well today and you have figured out what is going on with your nails. I'm sure it is something easy to clear up, and I do agree with our Nanners about fingernail polish, because my Gma has always had that issue.

Take care and keep us posted!
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Post Edited (Green Grove) : 4/28/2009 3:31:14 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Celey,

((((((((((Hugs))))))))))).  I have the ridges and the yellowing and I am fine so I hope your appointment went well and you will let us know what your physician had to say.

Ridges in fingernails are not necessarily a cause for concern. The distinction should be made between horizontal ridges in nails and vertical ridges in nails. Vertical nail ridges are seen rather commonly and usually are not signs of serious illness. These ridges generally extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an orderly, regular fashion. These ridges tend to become more prominent with age and are generally don't indicate poor health or a serious medical condition.

Nanners has a great point, if you use a lot of nail polish your nails tend to look a bit yellowish too and I believe that with age our toenails do start to look discolored.

Thnking of you and know we are here for you.



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