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Unhealthy toe nails

I've ignored it for a little while be a use it aggravated me but it can be good for my toe nails to be black there not growing healthy at all I'm just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in my end I'm not 100% healthy but I feel OK even after I cut them down they still grow back black I'm just getting nervous its something serious I've tried the foot creams and remedy's but nothing seems to help

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Hi Latoiab.

my nails have been weird ever since I had my chemo. The nails on my hands have lines on them that they didn't have before and one of my big toenails grows in thickness rather than length and it looks horrible but i just get the foot doctor to grind it down every so often. this has been going on for 8 years now but it is just one of the many things that I go through now, it doesn't cause me any concern. However i think you need to see your GP and let him have a look just to put your mind at rest.

Kind Regards


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Thanks for your respond yes I've decided I will go to the doctors because I'm so young to be going through this my toe nails grow in thick also I just don't get what I'm doing wrong I eat right


Do you still have the proper sensitivity in the soles of your feet and in your hands? The chemo can have an effect, but whether this is the casue for you, only a doctor could say. It may or may not be a permanent thing. Some people who have had really heavy chemo say that their feet do not really recover properly afterwards.

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I have noticed my toe nails have stopped growing. I cut them about 6 months ago and they are still the same length now. I never associated it with my oesophagectomy or Chemo. But it looks like I am not alone. I do sometimes have pins and needles in my foot.


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