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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Toenail!/ Toenails and Mito?

Until the year before last I had no awareness of my toenails with the exception of keeping them painted.

Abby's toenails actually just stopped growing for a month or so- when they started growing again there was a 1/2(or more) inch gap between where they started and where they ended and started growing again. It was one of the oddest things I have seen a body to do, and even the Dr.s we saw thought it was quite curious!

I have dredged the internet looking for something that makes sense. Below is some handy information on fingernail and toenail health;(via webMD

)What Your Nails Say About Your Health

"Just like the eyes are the window to the soul, so are the nails," says Tamara Lior, MD, a dermatologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Lior says she once convinced a patient to have his lungs checked after noticing a bluish tint to his nails, a sign that he wasn't getting enough oxygen. Sure enough, he had fluid in his lungs.

Even common disorders like thyroid disease can cause abnormalities in the nail beds, producing dry, brittle nails that crack and split easily.

He lists the following 10 examples of nail changes that could indicate a serious medical condition.

What Your Nails Say About Your Health:
10 Possible Signs of Serious Conditions
Nail Appearance Associated Condition
White nails Liver diseases, such as hepatitis
Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails Lung diseases, such as emphysema
Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base Diabetes
Half-white, half-pink nails Kidney disease
Red nail beds Heart disease
Pale or white nail beds Anemia
Pitting or rippling of the nail surface Psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis
"Clubbing," a painless increase in tissue around the ends of the fingers, or inversion of the nail Lung diseases
Irregular red lines at the base of the nail fold Lupus or connective tissue disease
Dark lines beneath the nail Melanoma

Here is a link from Mayoclinic- it has pics so I decided in case folks get a little queasy like me I would not post the pics! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/wo00055&slide=7

The closest thing to describe Abby's issue is a severe case of Beau's lines(Great link- http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1417.html. ) She also had odd pockets of granuloma tissue around her cuticles- that oozed the oddest discharge- it looked just like earwax!!! We were completely fixated and horrified by her toenails for over a year.

She did see a couple of podiatrists all over Houston but- no infection,no fungus, no cancer and no answers! They said that since it was obvious they all died at the same time the only thing they could even guess is her body was so stressed it had a temporary brown out-Her body cut off energy to her toenails temporarily in protection mode.. We knew she had been really sick with back to back colds and infections from trying to attend high school, but the toenails told a story of just how sick she had been.

I am happy to report that her toenails are growing again! All of them. They still have a lot of lines and some discoloration, and her cuticles have some red spots here and there, but no one but us would ever know that her toenails just went through the weirdest transformation. Unless you look closely, they look so wonderfully normal! Maybe this means that bounce we are waiting for is just around the corner!


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