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Posted by Marti
on November 15, 2000 at 21:05:36:
In Reply to: nail pain posted by Steph on November 15, 2000 at 17:31:45:
: Please Help! My nails appear to be very healthy and normal. I've always had (& still do) stong nails. For several years now though I've had a pain in my right hand thumb. If I bump it or someone lightly touches it I have a tremendous pain shoot through it. The pain is isolated at the back corner of the nail. I believe the "matrix". I have no swelling or redness. Everthing looks normal. I did drop something on it about 15 years ago (I lost the nail)but this pain has only been happening about 3 years. My other fingernails have been a little more sensitive too but not to the same extent as my thumb. Anyone ever experience this sort of pain? Please help.
Pain in the matrix could signify a growth of some sort in this area, or in the nail root which lies directly under and behind the matrix. I would have it checked out by a dermatologist. Trauma can cause scar tissue to develop in the matrix, although normally, the effects of trauma would be seen in the emerging nail plate as well. If there are no changes in the nail plate such as: ridges, corrugations, or any discolored lines running from the cuticle all the way to the free edge, then only a doctor can determine the actual casue of the pain.
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