Has anyone else got vertical lines on their nails? I am wondering if this has anything to do with R/A
Vertical lines on finger nails: Has anyone else got... - NRAS
Yes mine are the same.
They split and very short.
Very dry and peel easily too.
Much different to how they use to be.
Long and nice looking
No amount of clear polish will harden them up so I gave up trying, I actually thought it was drying them out more,
Plenty of hand cream worked in to keep them hydrated I think
This is really interesting - especially Scouser's response! I have these exact nail symptoms too and increasingly wonder about vitamin D deficiency. I will ask my GP when I see him next time. Tilda x
Mine too, in fact I was just filing a split as I read this. You can actually buff most of the ridges off if you get one of those manicure blocks, then put on nail cream (not hand cream) and rub that in using the smooth side of the block. I do it every two weeks or so and it has really made a difference. Must mention the Vit D thing to the Doctor though; hadn't thought of that, and I'm not surprised we have a potential lack of it given the weather over the last twelve months!!! Helen xx
When mine first started to go this way (I've always had very strong nails), I went to a well-trained very good manicurist who told me to do this - not too often, as overdoing it can weaken them, but she likened it to exfoliating skin - apparently we need to remove dead nail cells from the surface, just as we do with our faces, legs, arms whatever...makes sense I guess, and as I said...it has certainly made a difference to mine. Not cured it completely, but my nails feel lovely and smooth when I've done it. xx
I have used those blocks and it is a quick fix remedy and they get worse after each use I find. I have taken my 3rd vitamin D3 tablet which I got from the health food shop at £2.99 per 100. Don't know if it's coincidence but I feel better today than I have in a long time. Maybe it's auto suggestion.
Do you mean worse as in more ridged, or weaker? Mine seem as strong as ever, but they are gradually getting more ridged - I'd put this down to the effects of disease/drugs (whatever's causing it in the first place) gradually getting worse, but perhaps I'm just exacerbating the situation by buffing them!!!!
I've also just got athlete's foot for the first time in my life - I am slowly falling apart (actually quite quickly if I stop to think about it!!!!!!!!!)
My nails have always been strong but I have noticed the ridges recently - but the nails are as strong as ever and grow at a very fast rate. I just had a test for Vit D deficiency and it came back OK -so should I pop the Vit D pills or not? I'll aske the rheumy when I see him in a couple of weeks. I only take Methotrexate so I wonder if that is the culprit?
How interesting. I too have those awful splitting, flaking ridges it looks as if I bite them! Have resorted to Gel nail varnish. . This is put on by operative like normal nail varnish but dried under uv light, several coats are applied. It never chips or flakes and every 2-3 weeks I have them back filled ie the re growth touched up. About every 4 months I have them taken off with acetone and start again. I know that this solution is only cosmetic but it has massively strengthened my nails and is hugely protective if them. It makes me feel better, it's bad enough having RA with all the pain, etc etc. but I don't need to look any worse than I have to. How vain is that? But it makes ME feel better. Lots of people comment on them.
I too have these ridges but not the flaking. Vit D is defo one of the reasons because when I go to the sun in the winter months my nails grow like fury and are very strong but they still have the ridges. This started when I was very anemic, I still have the ridges even tho my iron is 10.5 which is on the low end of acceptable. So maybe iron levels are also something to think about.
I became curious about this question because I also have these vertical ridges running on all of my fingernails. I have found the following:
Onychorrhexis is the presence of longitudinal striations or ridges (Figure 7). It can simply be a sign of advanced age but it can also occur with the following:
Peripheral vascular disease;
Lichen planus; and
Darier's disease (striations are red/white).
This was from the following website: medscape.org/viewarticle/57...
I was told I should be on it as I had a lot of hydrocortisone injections although my binescan doesn't show osteoporosis, but I believe it can help aching joints anyhow although I don't know how much. I just noticed that I couldn't get a smooth finish on mail varnish which made me notice my little nail lines some years ago. xx
Found this in my feed.
Last post six years ago.
Time to throw the cat amongst the pigeons. Lol.
Five years ago I underwent tests to find out why I suffered a vast weight loss in an extremely short timespan.
It was discovered I was and still am borderline Thyroid, meaning it's not over or under, therefore untreatable, until it makes up it's mind.
One of the indicators was, yes, you've guessed, ridges running the length of the nails.
Seeing how much time has passed since the query, I wonder if anyone has had thyroid problem in the interim period?