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#1 k2626

 
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:54 PM

Does anyone else have this? When many of my symptoms started, I also got horizontal bumps and dents in ALL my nails, still have them 2 yrs later.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 04:42 PM

Does anyone else have this? When many of my symptoms started, I also got horizontal bumps and dents in ALL my nails, still have them 2 yrs later.

I had very definite horizontal indentations on both of my thumbnails. They went away after being on the diet for a while, never to return.

All of my nails--both finger and toe--are so much stronger and healthier now.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:27 PM

for years my nails peeled (my toe nails showed the horizontal bump you talk about too)....

the more i keep to the diet, the stronger they have gotten ( i was even able to maintain a natural French manicure for around 5 weeks in a row. )


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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:35 PM

All my fingernails, bar one, have come back to their normal strong selves - no more horizontal lines and weakness. :D My right thumb nail still splits vertically, though :(
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:16 PM

Gosh it does sure sound like I have this with all my symptoms. I sure hope the labs come back pos

My nails look like waves almost...sometimes throughout you can see very thin horizontal lines, I have little diagnol lines on my toe nails, about 15 on each. I have had this for 2 yrs so far.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 06:21 PM

I have similar issues as well! I used to have tiny indentations scattered all throughout my nails. Currently I also have the horizontal raised bump all the way across my nail. Sometimes they grow out & don't come back for awhile, but then sometimes they do come back. I have never seen the horizontal line bumps on anyone else. It was strange when it first happened . Glad to hear I'm not the only one!
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:41 AM

I have lines, more like raised ridges in my nails. Let's see... the lines go from the cuticle to the end of the nail, is that considered vertical or horizontal? They used to be so brittle, bendy and easily peel but they have gotten stronger since going gluten-free. They used to have little nicks in the ridges too but those have gone away. They also seem shinier. Further inspection shows I'm in desperate need of a manicure ;)
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:59 AM

I have nail issues too. I know that many are caused by lack of vitamins. Also, thyroid can affect them. When I was teen & had a thyroid infection my nails grew fast & so thick I could barely cut them. Then I got cured. mine are getting better now that I'm getting my vitamin levels back up after going gluten-free. I also have spelling issues - had to look up "vitamin"
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 02:48 PM

The lines across the nails horizontally are called Beau's Lines and are a sign of one or more systemic problems including malnutrition.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:36 PM

Is celiac considered systemic?
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:06 PM

Is celiac considered systemic?


celiac causes various varieties of malnutrition so it could certainly be the root cause of Beau's Lines.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:21 PM

This is awesome! Well, not that we have wavy nails....but that I'm not the only one! :lol: Mine started getting that way in my 20's (I'm almost 48 now :o ) and no one had any idea why. Then I went to a Naturopath several years ago, who wanted me to take magnesium, in addition to a lot of other stuff, as hypchloridia (low stomach acid) had caused a lot of malnutrition. But mag. only made the constant diarrhea worse. Finally, a couple of years ago, I found a form I could take that didn't make it worse (citrate), and at last, all my nails but one are almost normal. The nail on my ring finger is still real wavy, and my right thumbnail has a funny line down the middle and tried to split where the line ends at the tip. I always have to file it. My nails have always been very weak and would peel, too.

The exception to these are the two nails I managed to yank clean out with a belt sander. :ph34r: They grew back in a little crooked, but damn, they're strong and not wavy like their predecessors. That was back in '99 I think.

I also have a spelling problem, apparently. I had to look up "predecessors".
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 10:28 AM

Very interesting. Well, I get my labs back by Monday and PRAY its celiac so I can have answers to all my symptoms. I am not deficent in B12 (actually mine is HIGH as I pound b12)-dont think magnesium has been checked but that would explain my muscle twitching and cramps.

Oh please let me have this!!
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:03 PM

Is celiac considered systemic?


Yes, although many still consider it a GI disorder it is actually an autoimmune disorder that can pretty much effect any organ in the body.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 05:04 PM

Horizontal & vertical ridges; fragile nailes - Iron deficiency is indicated by vertical ridges; severe stress with B malabsorption or depletion is indicated by horizontal ridges.

Koilonychia - feature of iron deficiency characterized by spoon shaped nails with vertical ridges/Thin nails with depression in the center; Iron deficiency:

White spots and white bands in nails - Omega-3, Fatty Acids, Zinc deficiency,
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