Hi there. I'm trying not to let the little squirrel running around in my head take control. So far, squirrel is ahead.
I visited the GP yesterday due to 3 black stripes on my big toenail I've had since maybe late summer. I figured it was another case of toenail fungus coupled with bumping my toe and maybe running with inappropriate sneakers. She was very concerned, didn't offer me a Rx for an over the counter anti-fungal as I had been expecting, but instead took clippings of the nail and sent them off to the lab. You don't take clippings if it's a burst blood vessel, or a running injury, is my guess. You take clippings to check for cancer. She suggested I get in touch with a podiatrist while we wait the one month for the test results to come back. The podiatrist she suggested is a surgeon and referred me to a general podiatrist, who wasn't in the office. Adding to my stress is that I'm having a follow up ultrasound on my left breast due to something they thought was a concern 6 months ago.
I've been searching on the web since yesterday trying to find pictures of a toenail which looks like mine. All I see are nails with single straight stripes. I have 3 and they're pretty thick, varying thicknesses, not straight but on a sort of diagional, and go from the cuticle to the tip of the nail.
I'm the kind of person who like to know things ahead of time. Give me the worst case scenario so I can at least not be totally blindsided if it proves to be correct. At the dentist's office, I like to see that needle before they numb my mouth!
I'm sure as the days go on, I'll feel less anxious. It's hard to be this stressed for too long. Life gets in the way, thankfully!
Does anyone have knowledge of subungal melanoma or general information on black striped toenail issues?
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