Thank you all. I had a blood test a few weeks back and had a vitamin D deficiency. But then so do over 50% of white folks and 90% of Asian folk living in the UK due to lack of sun and the fact that there is so little vitamin D in so little food groups.
Reluctantly, I am now taking a 10 microgram dose (lowest you can get) daily (with food).
I rarely take prescription drugs and never buy over the counter either. I just don't believe in the pharmaceutical industry for the most part. For me, if I have a headache, it's my body telling me there is something wrong, or warning me somehow and I don't want to mask my body's work by taking a Nurofen to trick my body into thinking everything is ok.
Anyway, flat rock bob, I'll pop along to the money-for-old-rope shop (Holland & Barrett) and try your vitamin B12 suggestion and see how my nails look in six months when they have replaced themselves under new B12 therapy.
RAC_Cherry, as you backed this B12 and the fact that you also take vitamin D makes me want to try it more.
For the record, I'm based in Cambridgeshire, UK, aged 48 and got hit when I was in Belgium in November 2007. I was not bad enough to be on a vent and was in hospital for one week, unable to get out of bed for first four days, then shuffled along hanging onto wall for a few weeks after that.
It was a s••t thing to happen to me as before I was a classical concert pianist. It hit me harder mentally than it did physically (made a 75% recovery with peripheral neuropathy and muscle wast in hands and forearms). One minute I was racing through Beethoven piano sonatas and Bach preludes and fugues, the next I can barely thimble my way through slow Chopin nocturnes :(
Though it has been eight years, my mental condition has got worse in that my depression is worse than ever, I'm more volatile than ever (though I was always somewhere on the bipolar/autism spectrum) and now I simply don't ever want to see/meet anybody. I'm something of a recluse now, living on my own, which is nothing less that what I deserve. I feel I got GBS as a cruel and wicked punishment for something I did back in 2007.
I'm not looking for any sympathy here so please, no 'stay strong' etc, I've had that a zillion times over the years. I have choices, I simply chose to live in the dark. I have my own saying, 'when you live in the dark, you can't see your own black shadow.' For me, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I've lost my music, which was my soul. These days, I'm just trying to struggle through this miserable life until I die, but I'd rather struggle through it with as few hindrances as possible i.e. stronger nails would be a load off.