My nails are growing pretty quickly and are long, but seem to be forming, naturally, a kind of spoony shape, which I file down. I read the spooniness is down to iron deficiency, so that'll also be why I'm working at a snail's pace at the moment.
lol Stressed! Maybe it only happens in the last few weeks of submission. My nails were fine and growing madly until last week.
But then again, I managed to add 3000 more words to the thesis today. Maybe I should test by erasing some words permanently from it, and I might be able to watch my nails grow :p
Hey, thanks folks, that's really good advice. I do feel tired a lot of the time, and have wondered if it is some kind of iron deficiency. I got some over the counter tablets, but feel no different, so I will go to the GP. Do they just give them to you or will I need tests etc?
Wal: I haven't noticed my hands etc changing colour with temperature extremes, but I will look out for that now. What kind of colour change would it be? Also, I have poor circulation in my legs and really thick big toe nails, so there we have it!
Oh, forgot to mention the colour change you asked about. It'll be triphasic, so your hands and feet can change from a purple/blue-ish colour to white and then red - and you feel a burning sensation. It's just Raynaud's disease and is usually harmless, so nothing to worry about. I have it. It's just there's an association between spoon shaped nails and that.
Good golly Wally, is there anything you don't know?! I am in awe here!
As for the iron deficiency, being Irish we have our own method - a good old pint of Guinness. It actually used to be prescribed medically for iron deficient people, and many doctors still recommend it today to people with deficiencies. It's absolutely chock full of iron!
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Thank you Wally for your impressively well informed responses. I went to the doctor this morning, and am going for a 'fasting' blood test to check out various things, including iron deficiency tomorrow. The doc seemed sceptical that it was iron and said we could talk more about it after my blood test. I have a big history of thyroid problems and he was on about my last results, so maybe he thinks it's that. I'll find out soon anyhow.
In the meantime, I may get my self a bottle of guiness! Just in case, of course.
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