A Rheumful of Tips Healthcare fingernail ridgesvertical ridges in fingernails #424 – Fingernails March 11, 2013 11 Comments "What Your Nails Say About Your Health via @everydayhealth everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beaut…" — CN (@barefootgirl814) March 6, 2013 That tweet caught my attention. I have vertical ridges in my nails, so I was hoping to learn more about this. Unfortunately, I didn't. I wonder if this is part of the disease process of rheumatoid arthritis? I'm curious. Do you have rheumatoid arthritis and have vertical ridges in your nails? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 11 Replies to “#424 – Fingernails” How weird, I had false nails done the other week (in an attempt to cheer myself up!) The technician commented on the ridges on my nails but we assume it’s because I’ve had acrylics before. One to google?!! Reply Maybe you’ll have better luck with Google. By the way, were you? Cheered up, that is? 🙂 I hope so. Reply I have deep horizontal ridges… Reply Mine were deeper, but they seem to be improving. Hmmm. Reply I have vertical ridges also. I have tried to find info on that but did not manage to Reply Annette, over the years, I have looked for information on the vertical ridges – to no avail. Reply I have vertical ridges on some of my nails, too. Hmmmm….. Reply Have you had them for long, Lene? Reply I have Koilonychia which are horizontal depressions. It’s commonly linked with ◦Iron deficiency anemia ◦Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ◦Raynaud’s disease ◦Diabetes mellitus My rheumy looked at them and said that many nail problems are linked with chronic diseases but offered no explanation or worry about it. Reply Hi Andrew, I know that nail ridges are an indicator for illness. I am always curious to note if there are similarities with others who have the same condition. So far, on today’s post – 3 of us with vertical ridges, 2 with horizontal and one unknown. Reply I have mostly vertical ridges on my nails, but one has a horizontal ridge as well. I’ve never asked about the vertical ridges because I’ve had them so long I don’t think about them. I did ask about the horizontal ridge and the doctor said that they were an indicator of trauma, usually physical, but sometimes a huge emotional trauma (death, divorce, moving, etc) can cause them as well. Reply Add a comment! Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.