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Brown stripe on toe nail

5 Nov 2017 15:04

Hi there, last week i noticed a brown stripe on my baby toe nail, i looked up on google what it could be and found out about subungal melanoma, finding out about this has terrified me.  I do not recall hurting my toe in any way so i doubt it is a bruise.  I called my doctor who has referred me to a dermatologist but i have an eight day wait until then and i am extremely worried and scared.  I cant stop reading about subungal melanoma and comparing it to mine Sad i wake up every morning sick to my stomach i dont feel like eating or doing anything enjoyable.  Just feel very lost and not understanding why this is happening to me Sad 

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

5 Nov 2017 17:53 in response to AnxietyGirl

It's a really tough time for you, AnxietyGirl. Such a shame that you have to wait 8 days for your next appointment. Just try to hold the thought that this could be totally benign. And even if it does need to be treated you have a great chance of success. You noticed it last week, and now you are having it checked out. That's really good! Many people leave it too long. Best wishes. xx Harry

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

5 Nov 2017 20:41 in response to Harry2
Hi Harry, thank you so much for your reply and kind words. Yes it is a really tough time at the moment and it’s all I can think about! I’m keeping my fingers crossed it is benign and I will be back here again once I know what the outcome is Happy hopefully I will be coming back with good news.

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

7 Nov 2017 12:26 in response to AnxietyGirl

As the days go by of waiting for my derm appointmen i am becoming more and more anxious and fearing the worst! I have now convinced myself i have subungal melanoma and i am going to die.  This is breaking my heart because i have two beautiful children and i don't want to leave them i cant stand the thought of it! How will i explain to my children i am going to die?! this world is so so unfair and harsh i can not stand it any longer Sad i just want this nightmare to be over and to wake up back to my normal happy self.

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

7 Nov 2017 13:55 in response to AnxietyGirl

Yes, it's unfair, but you must remember that you have reacted extremely quickly and efficiently. That really puts the odds in your favour even if, God Forbid, your worst fears are confirmed.  You are only dwelling on the worst case scenario. But I do know how you feel. I suffer from scanxiety during check ups and this does not go away even though I know that I will be very unlucky if something is discovered. Anyway, I think you have 6 days left now. A good thing now might be distraction. Going away on holiday is probably not possible for you now, but it would be a great way of passing the time. xx Harry

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

7 Nov 2017 17:21 in response to AnxietyGirl


Dr Google is responsible for a lot of anxiety and would be struck off if he was a real doctor. There are several other things it could be, a splinter haemmorhage is just one of them. I've had those in the past and not even remembered stubbing my toe or someone stepping on it. 

If (and it is a massive IF) you do have the thing you fear, all is not lost. You've done the right thing in seeing your doctor. Catching cancer early is the biggest factor in having a happy outcome - the earlier a diagnosis is made the better. 

The dermatologist may want to arrange some additional scans and tests, even if they think it is unlikely you have cancer, so try not to be too anxious if that is the next step.

Good luck





Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

7 Nov 2017 19:15 in response to davek

Thank you everyone for your lovely messages, they have made me feel much better about it all.  Obviously i am still going to worry but there is not alot i can do at the moment, i haven't even been to see the derm yet... My partner has the next few days off work so that helps alot! my anxiety tends to peak when he is not around.  When he is around i dont spend as much time on the net reading all these horror stories.  I will probably be back on here again at some point having another freak out. im just glad this chat is around for people who need it to let off some steam because it really does help Happy x

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

10 Nov 2017 14:17 in response to AnxietyGirl
I haven’t been eating at all, just been sleeping everyday, I’ve had a panic attack and constantly my heart is pounding. I can’t stand this waiting to see the dermatologist I’m so scared I have cancer and I’m going to die. This is making me so ill and I just don’t know what to do :’(

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

10 Nov 2017 14:21 in response to AnxietyGirl

Talk to your GP about your anxiety and the effect it is having on you. 


Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

10 Nov 2017 14:54 in response to AnxietyGirl


Just to say, I had a brown line on my toenail and was referred to a dermatologist. It was a toenail fungus. Not saying thats what you have but maybe try not to stress about it too much. It sounds like you noticed it early if it is something sinister though. Good luck with your appt, fingers crossed for you.


Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

10 Nov 2017 16:43 in response to KittyRVN
Thank you so much for your messages! Feeling a bit better now I don’t know what is wrong with me, I keep having moments of complete panic and generally starts off first thing in the morning. In the evening I’m generally ok and calm it’s so strange what our minds do to us when we overthink. Going to have something to eat today because there is no point in making myself sick that’s the last thing I need right need I need my strength. I really do think I need to see someone about my anxiety it’s been going on for many years Sad will be back again soon with an update xx

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

10 Nov 2017 16:47 in response to AnxietyGirl

Hey, there is nothing wrong with you just because you're anxious about it. Don't beat yourself up. I find as soon as I get to bed my mind starts over thinking. It' a horrible situation to be in. Please let us know how you get on

Hugs xx

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

12 Nov 2017 16:44 in response to KittyRVN
So tomorrow is the day I go to my dermatologist appointment, I am so scared! Tomorrow could change my whole life forever Sad i am petrified at the outcome. Wish me luck everyone! I will be back on to update x

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

12 Nov 2017 18:07 in response to AnxietyGirl

Good luck AnxietyGirl! Lot's of things it could be, many of them perfectly benign. You may not get all the answers tomorrow, because the dermatologist may ask for a biopsy, just to be sure, and getting the results will take a few days. xx Harry

Re: Brown stripe on toe nail

13 Nov 2017 12:40 in response to Harry2
Hi, I’ve just got back from my dermatologist appointment. My toenail was checked by the dermatologist who is a skin cancer expert she used a tool to look at my toenail and she could see blood streaks and a dark patch which was the stripe I could see. She clipped my toe nail right down and could see no dark line on the actual skin. She told me she was not concerned by my toenail and that it was melanonchyia which may have been caused by trauma which I know I have banged that toe off the side of a doorframe previously. I am going back to get a medical photo of my toenail for my records and will also go back in 3 months for a check up due to me being fair skinned. She told me she is not concerned at all with the nail however if I see anything change or I am worried about anything I can get an urgent appointment to be seen by her. After the next appointment as long as nothing has obviously changed then I will not be seen again. I was so relieved when I heard this news the whole weight of the world lifted of my shoulders. I am so thankful for all the support I have received from this site and I will stay around for anyone who has had the same issue as me. When things like this happen it really makes you reevaluate your life and appreciate everything in it! I love my life, my partner and my beautiful children so much!