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upstater

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Anyone else have this? Like the area just at the base of your nail?

I know it can be seen any any of the connective tissue diseases. This was actually the first clue I had that something was really going on....my dermatologist looked at those....ordered an ANA....and off things went.

I have weird capillaries....my rheumatologist looked at them again today. She said it doesn't look like a scleroderma pattern (which is her major area of expertise, but she specializes in all connective tissue diseases)....maybe more like a dermatomyositis pattern....except I don't really have any other major features of dermato.....and all those ENA's were negative. But she said with the discoid lupus it could be related to lupus. But at the end of the day, I am still undifferentiated systemically.

They are very red and swollen.....not just little capillaries....and tender. It's clearly a vascular thing....but I was kind of hoping the Plaquenil would knock that out. Maybe it needs more time (been 3 months).  
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I don't have this issue but was amazed to learn how much our fingernails can tell us about our health.  I have "half and half" nails, where the fingernail beds become discolored half red and half white, from kidney issues.  The dermatologist said it will take 6 months for the beds to grow out and become normal again after the kidney function improved.  It might take some time for the nail folds to heal, or whatever is causing it to dissipate, or combination of both.  Plaquenil does need more than 3 months to become effective but hopefully it will help soon!

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Thanks, Kris....I hope so. I mean it's not a horrible symptom in itself...more annoying, but it's a constant reminder that there is something "wrong". 

It looks like this....
[Puffy-Nail-Fold] 
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