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#1 lindalee

 
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:52 AM

Since I am not sure about what fingernail polish to use, my nails are bare and I have ridges(lines) on the nails especially the middle fingers and thumbs. I remember my favorite grandmother had these. Did anyones nutritionist, doctor, or anyone have insight on this? Thanks, LindaLee
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 05:09 AM

Since I am not sure about what fingernail polish to use, my nails are bare and I have ridges(lines) on the nails especially the middle fingers and thumbs. I remember my favorite grandmother had these. Did anyones nutritionist, doctor, or anyone have insight on this? Thanks, LindaLee



I don't know what causes them either, but I have them. I have many vertical and some horizontal. Maybe someone else will have more info.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 05:59 AM

I don't know what causes them either, but I have them. I have many vertical and some horizontal. Maybe someone else will have more info.

mine are vertical and on all the fingernails. LL
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 06:08 AM

I think it's a nutritional deficiency, but I can't remember which one!! You might find it in a Google search.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 06:12 AM

I have them too.... always thought that they were due to some kind of vitamin/mineral deficiency... that does make sense since I am a celiac. But the nails have not improved since going gluten-free *4 years ago*!!!!! Plus fingernail polish will not stick to my nails. I have tried cleaning the nail really well but still no luck. I was getting my nails done several years ago but that almost destroyed them. They did look pretty....though! The ridges don't look great and I would like something that would cover them up. But I think that I am stuck with them. I think lots of damage was done to the immune system due to celiac disease. I was really sick for something like 15 years. When the doc did the scope, he said he could tell just by looking at the villa that I had celiac disease because so many villa were flattened. The biopsy came back positive and that confirmed it. But I do think I am stuck with some strange symptoms that will just never go away because the damage was so severe. If anyone comes up with a good cure for "groovy nails" and nail polish not sticking, I sure would be interested!!!!!
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 06:21 AM

I have them too.... always thought that they were due to some kind of vitamin/mineral deficiency... that does make sense since I am a celiac. But the nails have not improved since going gluten-free *4 years ago*!!!!! Plus fingernail polish will not stick to my nails. I have tried cleaning the nail really well but still no luck. I was getting my nails done several years ago but that almost destroyed them. They did look pretty....though! The ridges don't look great and I would like something that would cover them up. But I think that I am stuck with them. I think lots of damage was done to the immune system due to celiac disease. I was really sick for something like 15 years. When the doc did the scope, he said he could tell just by looking at the villa that I had celiac disease because so many villa were flattened. The biopsy came back positive and that confirmed it. But I do think I am stuck with some strange symptoms that will just never go away because the damage was so severe. If anyone comes up with a good cure for "groovy nails" and nail polish not sticking, I sure would be interested!!!!!

What are the strange symptoms? I have been off the diet for 40+ years. Haven't been to the dr. Help--LL
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 06:53 AM

I use to have the ridges, but I have been gluten free for 5 years now and mine have improved greatly one of them use to look like a ducks, ridged foot.. I guess the gluten was the cause of this mine have a little now but hardly enough to talk about
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 07:57 AM

I have the ridges too - for about ten years now I think. Worse, though, is that the last year or two, I haven't been able to use them for anything, they are so weak.

But, I quit all grains a couple weeks ago and they are stronger. They still have the ridges.

I found this product that made my nails look so nice. It is a weird little square thing with multiple sides. One side files the nail (the top of it - this makes the ridges go away), the next one buffs it - so they look literally like they have clear nail polish on them.

Granted, I think since it's based on filing down your nails, it wouldn't be smart to use it too often. It is supposed to last a month.

If anyone is interested, I can go grab it and see what it is called.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 08:16 AM

I have the grooves too. It is caused by vitamin and mineral defiency. If I remember right it is the B vitamins. You can also get white spots and the nails can flatten on the nailbed and curve under at the free edge (iron defiency). Watch your diet and get exercise. If you have circulatory problems that will affect your nails too.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 11:54 AM

I have them too. Hopefully they will clear up over time, but they are especially bad on my thumbs. DW used to be a nutritionist, but cannot find anything as to which nutrients we are missing.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 12:05 PM

I just went gluten-free because of a positive stool test...and the fact that I have terrible burning in my digestive system when I eat gluten (or legumes for that matter). :rolleyes:

But, anyway, I have quite prominent ridges in my fingernails (all of them). I think the middle fingers are the worst, but I can definitely see and feel them on all fingers. Since I just became gluten-free, I don't know if it is gluten causing mine. I have heard that vitamin supplements help, but I have taken a really good multi-vitamin for quite awhile and haven't noticed a difference at all...could be malabsorption, though. In fact, my total cholesterol has decreased every year for the past five years (from 186 to 122). The doctor says that is usually a sign of malabsorption, which means vitamins aren't absorbing well either. So, I suppose it could be gluten-induced if gluten causes the malabsorption. But it could also be just a vitamin deficiency as others have said.

Sorry to ramble. I am feeling a little fuzzy-headed today!! :blink:

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 12:36 PM

Yep, have had ridges on my fingernails as long as I can remember (wich is quite a while :rolleyes: ).
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 03:51 PM

I have ridged fingernails. I heard there's a connection with my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. One of the first things my rheumatologist said to me was to point out my long fingers and ridged nails - both idicators for JA and RA. I wonder if it could be an indicator for autoimmune disease in general?
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:49 PM

I have the grooves too. It is caused by vitamin and mineral defiency. If I remember right it is the B vitamins. You can also get white spots and the nails can flatten on the nailbed and curve under at the free edge (iron defiency). Watch your diet and get exercise. If you have circulatory problems that will affect your nails too.
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I'm wondering if it was B6 --Adele Davis I think said that( the geru nutritionist). LL
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:58 PM

I had ridges on my nails for years, but they are gone now that I have been gluten-free for six years. I couldn't tell you exactly how long it took for them to go away, though.
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