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ridges on nails?

I'm not sure where I saw it but I read in someones post that they had ridges on their nails. I noticed vertical ridges on mine about 10 months ago and my oncologist (for Breast Cancer) says its nothing. But I have read it is a sign of illness and organ failure. Anyone have any input on this?

I'm seeing an endo for the first time next week so I dont know about how my thyroid is perfoming at this point. I suffer from fatigue, and constant headaches with eye pain too, which I have blamed on allergies, but Im not sure what to think now.
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Hope this is helpful:

BEADING OF THE NAILS: - may be indicative of rheumatoid arthritis.

BRITTLE NAILS: - may be indicative of circulatory problems, iron deficiency, impaired kidney function or thyroid problems.

CHIPPED, CRACKED, EASILY BROKEN OR PEELED NAILS: - may be indicative of a nutritional deficiency such as minerals, protein or insufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid. Insufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid may result in stomach disorders.

DARK NAILS: - may be indicative of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. May also indicate anemia.

DEEP BLUE NAILS: - may be indicative of a pulmonary obstruction such as; asthma or emphysema.

DOWNWARD CURVATURE OF THE NAIL: - may be indicative of heart, liver or respiratory disorders.

FLAT NAILS: - may be indicative of Raynaud's Disease, which is a found most frequently in females between the ages of 18 - 30. It is characterized by abnormal vasoconstriction of the extremities when exposed to cold or emotional stress. A history of symptoms for "at least" 2 years is necessary for diagnosis.

FRAYED OR SPLIT-END NAILS: - may be indicative of psoriasis. May also be indicative of folic acid, protein and/or Vitamin C deficiency.

HALF-WHITE NAILS WITH DARK SPOTS ON THE TIP: - may be indicative of kidney disease or kidney dysfunction.

HAMMERED BRASS LOOKING NAILS: - may be indicative toward partial or total hair loss.

LENGTHWISE GROOVES OR RIDGES: - may be indicative of a kidney disorder. Also associated with aging or an iron deficiency.

PITTED RED-BROWN SPOTS: - may be indicative of psoriasis. May also be indicative of folic acid, protein and/or Vitamin C deficiency.

RAISED NAILS AT THE BASE WITH SMALL WHITE PATCHES: - may be indicative of a respiratory condition such as; chronic bronchitis or emphysema. It may also be hereditary in the absence of a respiratory condition.

RED SKIN AT THE BASE OF THE NAIL: - may be indicative of a connective tissue disorder such as, systemic lupus erythematosus; progressive systemic sclerosis; scleroderma; polymyositis and dermatomyositis; Wegener's granulomatosis; and polyarteritis nodosa.

RIDGES ACROSS THE NAIL: - may be indicative of an infection or the flu.

RIDGES UP AND DOWN THE NAIL: - may be indicative of developing arthritis.

SEPARATED NAILS FROM THE NAILBED: - may be indicative of a thyroid condition.

SOFT AND SHINY NAILS: - may be indicative of an overactive thyroid condition.

SPOON-SHAPED NAILS: - may be indicative of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. May also indicate anemia.

THICK NAILS: - may be indicative of a weakening vascular system with the blood circulating improperly.

THIN NAILS: - may be indicative of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. May also indicate anemia or an itchy skin condition.

WHITE LINES ACROSS THE NAILS: - may be indicative of liver disease or a condition of the liver. May also indicate arsenic poisoning, heart disease or a high fever.

WHITE MOON AREA TURNS RED: - may be indicative of heart conditions or problems.

WHITE MOON AREA TURNS SLATE BLUE: - may be indicative of lung problems or overexposure to silver.

WHITE NAILS: - may be indicative of possible kidney or liver dysfunction. May also indicate anemia.

WHITE NAILS WITH PINK AT THE TIPS: - may be indicative of cirrhosis of the liver, which is a loss of functioning of the liver typically due to alcoholism (although not in every case).

WIDE SQUARE NAILS: - may be indicative of a hormone disorder.

YELLOW NAILS: - may be indicative of internal disorders long before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body (diabetes, liver, lymphatic or respiratory conditions). May also be indicative of a smoker.

  
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http://www.drstandley.com/naildisorders_...
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Great post!

That answers several questions for me, and gives me a few more things to worry about. LOL!

Seriously, it explains a lot about the condition of my nails.

Thanks.
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Sorry, I read the wrong name of the responder.

Anyway, thanks!
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welcome ;-)
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It does make sense. Thank you for the information.
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