Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Frustrated!!!, Community Member, asks

Q: Has anyone had any problems with weak flimsy fingernails? Is it related to RA,Fibro, or meds?

problems with fingernails

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Brad, Health Guide
2/11/10 2:19am

Hi,

I am a guy, but your post got my attention. I have had very tough fingernails since starting RA meds. They have to be cut and filed on the edges or they tear my skin. I guess it can affect people in different ways. My wife helps me with them and keeps them under control!

 

Brad

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Kris, Community Member
2/23/10 11:33am

I always had flimsy fingernails. They were super soft and would break or peel with the slightest effort and they would bend so easily. I figured this was caused by the RA but now I know it was diet related. I recently discovered I'm gluten and soy intolerant. I also can't tolerate dairy (dairy free for 4 years). It's been about 7 months since I've had gluten and 2 months since I've had soy and my fingernails are so strong now. No breaking or peeling and they don't bend. I noticed a difference after going gluten free and even a bigger difference after going soy free. Coincidentally my Sjogrens has improved greatly with these diet changes too. I got the first thumbs-up from my cornea doc in 5 years. The dryness has gotten better. So I'm thinking the brittle nails is more Sjogren's than RA and that dryness is accentuated by soy and gluten. For me anyways.

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torrieruth, Community Member
4/20/11 8:26pm

I myself have weak flimsy fingernails. So weak that they bend if they bump something. They are to soft to chip, they just tear.. which is very painful. I am on meds for insulin resistance, high blood pressure, depression. But before I was put on these meds, I remember having long nails. They werent' super strong, but would grow, and stay the same legnth for a little while. Since going on meds, my nails are very flimsy. I resorted to using acrylic overlay on my nails, since they were to painful to be left alone... I have been told I am gluten intolerent, and milk intolerent. (not lactose intorent) I am going to do the GF diet for the rest of my life, I bet that the weak nails, digestive issues, female issues, and depression as well as health issues will clear up.. and be totally gone. Here is a list and dosage of my current meds...but be warned,,, its a lot

 

Metformin 500mg 4 pills daily

Glyburide 2.5mg 2 pills daily

Effexor 75mg 1 pill at bedtime

Lebetolol 200mg 6 pills daily (yikes) i know

spironolactone 25mg 2 pills daily

topamax just prescribed on 4/19/11 I don't remember the dosage

I was told on 4/19 that i was having migraines, but that's not the case

my cousin is a chiropractor and a nutritionist and she up with the Gluten intolerance, and milk intolerence. I am on sooo many pills that it is making my body react in funny ways. For instance ;

terrible stabbing headaches

stomach pain

nausea and vomiting

diarrhea

constipation

shakiness in whole body

weakness in body

heaviness in arms and legs

sweating

exhaustion (extreme)

weight loss (which is a good thing)

irritablity

ringing in my ears

pain in eyes

vision problems

 

that may sound like a lot of info for one anwer, but It's what is happening

I am starting the GF and milk free diet tomorrow and will be on it until the Lord calls me home ( which will be a long while frome now) lol

I hope this was informative and not to boring

I have polycystic ovary syndrome and that is the cause of most of my medications

I am going to my GP and having him lesson the dose on my pills and then I will go off of them completly except the supplements

good luck my fellow friends

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