Vertical ridges on fingernails

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Dr. Eric Berg (on YouTube) has a video about how different deficiencies affect hair and nails. He mentions that horizontal ridges across the nails are linked to Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) deficiency, and that can be linked to the consumption of highly processed grain and flour products that are not only lacking many nutrients, but that also force the body to have to utilise a great amount in order to be processed through the digestive system. Beri-beri was first discovered in groups that ate mainly white polished rice that was also missing the germ - the most nutritious part. These are foods that rob far more out of the body than they give.

I can testify to that as the very deep horizontal furrows in my thumb nails went away after I dumped gluten grains and most carbs and added in some decent supplements including B complex and extra Thiamin.

I am still trying to rectify the vertical ridges. They can apparently be linked to thyroid issues, but I suspect they are more likely to be linked to the deficiencies that trigger thyroid issues. Not caused by the Thyroid issues but a part of the same issue. Some have mentioned that taking Synthroid etc. has not stopped the ridges, but that may be because the Synthroid addresses the Thyroid symptoms but not necessarily the cause.
 

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I wanted to post an update that I finally saw my dermatologist this week for another issue and while there, she was able to look at my toenails. She is a brilliant doctor and extremely knowledgeable re: MCAS and things the average doctor doesn't know about. She said that the issue with my toenails was absolutely nothing to worry about and was a type of "banding" that can occur due to many different causes (autoimmune, malnutrition, etc) and that a toenail grows out very slowly (years vs. months like fingernails).

She was not surprised that it started on both my fingernails and toenails over a year ago during the period that I was experiencing malnutrition and in the hospital for MCAS/anaphylaxis. She was also not surprised that my fingernails are completely back to normal but my toenails still have the horizontal red line. In any case, she said it will eventually grow out and disappear and is nothing to worry about (and is not related to a hidden cancer or cardiac issues, etc).

I was really relieved and can put this issue to rest now!
 

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I stumbled on this website
https://health-boundaries.com/fingernails-2/

B12 and Fingernails

Ridges on Thumbnail
This is a fingernail, Obviously.
What is equally visible but not as obvious is that the person has health issues. If you know what to look for, you can see vitamin B12 deficiency in fingernails. For instance, no moons on fingernails except thumbs is one sign of low vitamin B12 levels. Pictures of vitamin B12 deficiency in fingernails show how fingernails change when there is a vitamin B12 deficiency.
really stumbled, think it came along on twitter.

Now, these are my nails, for many years now, and since I became bedbound it has become much worse, thicker ridges, knobbly too.
No half-moons on the fingers and left thumb.

3 months ago I started adding more B12 to my daily regimen. Now I see that the ridges have lessened considerably, there are no knobbles on the ridges anymore and on the left thumb a small moon is beginning to appear.

so, I'm happy, things are working
 

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month later, the nails of my index-fingers are almost ridge-less, If I would put nail-varnish on them ( which I never do) they would look normal. The right index-finger now has a small but definite moon.

something is happening

@jesse's mom , you have problems increasing the dose of B12? ( I do have that)
 

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3 months ago I started adding more B12 to my daily regimen. Now I see that the ridges have lessened considerably, there are no knobbles on the ridges anymore and on the left thumb a small moon is beginning to appear.
Those ridges look like the ones I have too, yet I inject B12 every other day. :(
 

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Those ridges look like the ones I have too, yet I inject B12 every other day. :(
sorry for you, maybe injecting every day? or trying another form of B12, or adding folate?

just ideas mind you, I am totally perplexed about this, did nt expect it, still a long way to go but there is definite development and not just in my nails.
 
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by the way, I am losing my fingerprints...
Can You Lose Your Fingerprints?
A 62-year-old man from Singapore was traveling to the U.S. to see relatives last December and was detained after a routine fingerprint scan showed that he actually had none. So how did this happen?

The man, identified in a medical journal case report only as "Mr. S," had been on chemotherapy to keep his head and neck cancer in check. As it turns out, the drug, capecitabine (brand name, Xeloda) had given him a moderate case of something known as hand–foot syndrome (aka chemotherapy-induced acral erythema), which can cause swelling, pain and peeling on the palms and soles of the feet—and apparently, loss of fingerprints.
 

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by the way, I am losing my fingerprints..
So am I. Dr. Cheney said that about 50% of his patients had lost or partially lost their fingerprints. He brought in a professional fingerprinter and he was unable to fingerprint many patients.
or trying another form of B12, or adding folate?
I've tried other forms of B12 and tolerate hydrox the best--also take daily bio-available folate.
 
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you have problems increasing the dose of B12? ( I do have that)
Yes, it upsets my stomach and sometimes makes me shake more... I shake enough that it is embarrassing and really, I don't like to have my hands shaking, its unnerving.

I never really was grateful enough that my hands were steady as a rock before this illness.

It makes me feel really old.
 

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I have these horizontal ridges too. (Beau's lines) They are pronounced but only on my left thumbnail. They started at the end of March when I first became unwell, and they were really deep, like gashes across the nail. I have been able to track this illness by observing them.
It takes me about 3 months to grow out a fingernail.
So there are many at the top end which I have cut off now -and glad to see the back of them because I know they mean I am not well. My mother told me that, way back and she's right.

Then there was a kind of "remission" when I was no so bad...and sure enough there are still some very faint ridges showing up every week or so, but they are so faint. That's when I was feeling generally that I might be getting better. Then about 3 weeks ago they started up again and the last one coming up the nail is a real deep one timed at about 2 weeks ago.
That's when I was doing the high dose vitamin B complex and the Echinacea and garlic trial. (stopped that after a few days)
They give me the creeps to be honest. I want them to stop appearing.

But only in the one nail and none of the others. And not on toes.
 

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I can testify to that as the very deep horizontal furrows in my thumb nails went away after I dumped gluten grains and most carbs
Mine went away, too after I dumped all grains after my Celiac diagnosis. My gut was such a wreck that I could no longer tolerate any of them. My nail ridges went away, I have the best looking skin I have ever had & I can actually enjoy eating instead of dreading the torture that every meal used to be.