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why are my fingernails turning down

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why are my fingernails turning down?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nomi replied 7 years ago.
You mean they are changing colors.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have been in wheel chair about 20 years. When it all started i had a lot of pain in my knees and over a two week span i got foot drop and became very weak. over time i regained some strenth. At one time MS was thought to be the reason but I had MRI and MS was ruled out.
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

hello, can you take a digital photograph of the fingernail?

Is it all of the nails?

Do you have thickening of the end of the finger too?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
There is no thickening but 7 nails are doing this. I can't take a picture i'm sorry.
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

Hello, do your fingers look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes thwy look much like the picture but turn down even worse
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

Thanks for the information, that picture (from university of liverpool) is of a symptom called 'finger clubbing'. It is associated with chronic disease such as COPD and liver disease, heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

 

So there are lots of possible causes. You need some basic investigations to make sure that there is nothing going on that needs treatment so you need to ask your doctor to run blood tests and possibly organize a chest x-ray.

 

Pauline, Doctor (MD)
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Experience: Medical Doctor & Registered Pharmacist. Worked as Community pharmacist for 17 years.
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