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Old 04-21-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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Little black lines on your fingernail?

I get this from time to time starting last year on one index fingernail only and not very many black lines (maybe one or two little ones). Finally, today I punched into the computer and read that this is an indication of some problem with your heart.
Normally I would normally panic, but I had an MRI for my heart in 2003 when I was trying to get in on a class action suit for Phen Phen, but a letter came back that my heart was too good to into the action.
So, I am going to assume this is nothing to panic about--although a quick visit to a Dr. seems in order.
However, my question is: Has anyone here ever had this symptom? Did you go to the Dr.? And what was the outcome?
Do I need to be picking out a dress for my demise yet?
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:04 PM   #2
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These are probably "splinter hemorrhages." Usually they are from some kind of minor trauma like gardening or any other repetitive use of the fingers.

In rare cases they are a sign of endocarditis, or a heart valve infection but generally that is associated with other symptoms like fever, known heart problems, drug abuse or other risks and symptoms in the vast majority of cases.

I'd suggest that you show it to your doctor. If you have unexplained fever, do so right away. My guess is that your doctor will confirm the above, once he or she has actually seen the lines you described.

Here's a nasty one:
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I have a mild mitrial (spelling) valve condition I was born with, which I understand is a heart murmur. No fever or anything else.
It's really hard to be a Drama Queen with a real Dr. around...haha!
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OK, fess up. How many looked at their fingernails?
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I have a mild mitrial (spelling) valve condition I was born with, which I understand is a heart murmur. No fever or anything else.
It's really hard to be a Drama Queen with a real Dr. around...haha!
You just think I'm real. You never know on the internet .
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Ok then...when I recoup from my massive heart attack, I will be staying at Casa Rich in Tampa. Then you'll be sorry.
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OK, fess up. How many looked at their fingernails?
I observe my fingernails on a regular basis.

I read somewhere long ago that it's a good idea to do so.

If I ever notice anything new/different, I shall consult a doctor.
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I observe my fingernails on a regular basis.

I read somewhere long ago that it's a good idea to do so.

Before or after washing?
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OK, fess up. How many looked at their fingernails?

I checked mine out and realized it's time for a manicure .
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I checked mine and realized I hadn't polished them in weeks.
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Last time I had a line on my fingernail there was no mystery; I knew it was from slamming a car door on it.
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OK, fess up. How many looked at their fingernails?
I did last week - right after a power planer accident. One finger looked like it had a severe case of what Dr. Rich calls "splinter hemorrhages." Everything ok now though.
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OK, fess up. How many looked at their fingernails?
How could you help it? Mine are kind of chopped up. DW says I should try a manicure some time.
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I think RIT just gave us the finger...
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I think RIT just gave us the finger...
And you should see what else I have in my collection...
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And you should see what else I have in my collection...
Yikes...

Reminds me of a joke about a taxidermist...
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