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    My doc told me i had clubbed fingers,i know what it might mean but i think they look ok,what could be the problem?

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    Clubbing of the Fingers or Toes



    Clubbed Fingers


    Clubbing is changes in the areas under and around the toenails and fingernails, and in the nails themselves that may occur with some disorders.



    Common symptoms of clubbing:



    The nail beds soften. The nails may seem to "float" instead of being firmly attached.
    The angle that the nail makes with its cuticle increases.
    The last part of the finger may seem large or bulging. It may also be warm and red.
    The nail curves downward, similar to the shape of the round part of an upside-down spoon.
    Clubbing can develop quickly, often within weeks. It also can go away quickly when its cause is treated.



    Causes 



    Lung cancer is the most common cause of clubbing. Clubbing often occurs in heart and lung diseases that reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, such as:
    Heart defects that are present at birth (congenital)
    Chronic lung infections that occur in people with bronchiectasis,cystic fibrosis, or lung abscess
    Infection of the lining of the heart chambers and heart valves (infectious endocarditis), which can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or other infectious substances
    Lung disorders in which the deep lung tissues become swollen and then scarred (interstitial lung disease)
    Other causes of clubbing:
    Celiac disease
    Cirrhosis of the liver and other liver diseases
    Dysentery
    Graves disease
    Overactive thyroid gland
    Other types of cancer, including liver, gastrointestinal, Hodgkin's lymphoma


     


    Did your doctor check for cancer? 

    ROMOS

    Yes,i,ve had a few tests,return to doc next week.Great answer by the way,thanks!!! R

    How are your fingers doing Your Majesty? :)

    ROMOS

    Still clubbed according to my doc,they look fine to me.
    Why are you digging these old questions up BTW.
    valR

    Because I joined much later than you and got interested in real veterans with few questions compared to their great number of answers which , again, in my opinon make one a great akaQA member.
    But why are you not sleeping at this time:)
    ROMOS

    It's only 10:08pm here, not time for the old guy to go to bed yet.
    LOL
    valR

    Good night...
    ROMOS

    Not yet Val, Saturday tomorrow, I'm allowed to stay up late when there's no school in the morning.
    ROMOS

    BTW val, you joined before me.

    Hey Romos- what did you do for a living??...sometimes the look of clubbing can be from certain jobs- that require repetitive heavy work with your hands and fingers.  (although, if both your fingeers and toes show clubbing see Colleens ans)

    ROMOS

    I also asked this in my first week here.
    :-)
    doolittle

    LOL!! SO, what were the test results- surely you know by now!!
    ROMOS

    OK, nothing overly serious.
    You could be right about the job thing though.
    My Doctors good, he notices everything.
    doolittle

    I need to see him he might actually figure out what the hell is going on with me...yes, my back is buggered but now they think something worse may be going on. Golly, a diagnosis and proper treatment would be a good thing!
    ROMOS

    I know you don't like Tramadol but I take it every day (quite high dose) it took a while to get used to but it's not a problem now, apart from the addiction issue.
    doolittle

    I can't take it (I have Chrones Dis.) or I would...trust me, I would eat bark and snake skins if it would relieve me of pain!!!! I also don't give a hoot about the addiction issue at this point!! Now they think I have MS or CA.. along with my shi**y spine. Whatever, just diagnose me so I can seek treatment and get some relief!!!
    ROMOS

    My sympathies, it's about time they got their arse into gear and fixed you.
    doolittle

    Thank You Romos-
    No sympathy needed. A fix would be a blessing!

    It must be something to cause such a stir 7 months later. How are the fingers now? @Colleen's answer is giving me nightmares......

    Does it run in the fleamily?

    ROMOS

    Not that I know of, it's very difficult to check them all,we multiply so fast.


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