I have developed horizontal ridges in all my nails. I take methotrexate and Tocilizumab for RA. Was wondering if this is connected to the treatment or the RA? Would appreciate any help. Many thanks
Horizontal nail ridges! : I have developed horizontal... - NRAS
If they’re like grooves going horizontally, these are beau’s lines. They can sometimes be caused by chemotherapy drugs like mtx, but also appear for lots of other reasons ranging from nail trauma (some people can even get them after a well done manicure) right through to various illnesses and systemic diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, under active thyroid, and infections like pneumonia. It can also be an indication of a recent illness where fever was present, or simply that someone hasn’t been eating well for a while. In terms of arthritis, they’re quite commonly seen in patients with psoriatic arthritis, but not unheard of in RA, either, and some doctors believe there is a link between beau’s lines and inflammation. I’ve periodically had them on my toenails for years as a result of toenail psoriasis (I have a working diagnosis of PsA, but only began treatment 13 months ago, so mine definitely aren’t med linked). They’re not problematic and will eventually grow out, but it can take a while.
I'm only on Prednisone and I get those.
I used to get funny patterns on my nails when I was on Methotrexate and Leflunamide. Don't now I,m on Methotrexate and Benepali,
I've had ridges in my nails for decades and blame RA/drugs.
I have, I just thought it was an age thing
Whopper of a dent right across my right thumb nail. I’m on MXT and Amgevita. None of my other nails that I can tell 🤷🏻♀️ wonder if it ties into the brief time I was on a higher dose of MXT.
Me too one thumb nail only
twins eh 🤷🏻♀️😂
I have had these. I was told that your nails are like tree rings and indicate medical trauma for example a severe infection. The body shuts down unnecessary functions like nail growth to sort the problem then starts up again when it has more energy hence the thick line just like tree rings. They will grow out. Look back over the last three/six months were you ill? Good luck with this 🌺
Hopefully your rheummy can sort you out soon. 🌺 it might be worth mentioning it to them at your next review. I did and they changed my medication for biologics. Much needed and not so much inflammation- nails returned to normal. Good luck.
I asked my rheumatologist and he said itbwascacsign I had RA
I have t says yhis on most of my nails and had them for years.My Rheumy says they can tell a lot from your nails.
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