I saw a genetics specialist after a few nurses and my primary doctor suggested I might have Marfan's (very thin, tall, slight pectus deformity). The specialist determined I did not, but said I had "flawed connective tissue." For instance, despite being 5'9" and under 110 pounds, I have a lot of cellulite and stretchmarks. I was also diagnosed with Raynaud's when I was ten or eleven, and I have suffered from lots of back pain and pain in the wrists and hands (using a cellphone, typing, etc... are quite painful). I am also extremely inflexible (can't even come close to touching toes), unlike Marfan's sufferers. However, a physical therapist noted that my limbs hyperextend and my ligaments are very "loose" (e.g., my thumb joint kind of... rolls around more than other people's).
I had been told by irritating (but probably well-meaning) doctors for years to not limit what I eat and to let them know if I have an eating disorder... But I eat whatever I want (lots of fatty fast foods, usually, if I'm being honest). Once, during an EKG, a doctor asked if I had "food problems." If anything, I overeat. I have tried to gain weight, but I weigh exactly what I did when I was thirteen years old (I'm now 20). Of course, I have gained cellulite and stretch marks.
I never used to feel self-conscious, but I really have in recent months. I always feel uncomfortable and cold, and that genetics doctor very politely told me I looked "weird" and that she was surprised that more people hadn't brought it to my attention. Now all I can see is my pectus deformity, my blue feet, and my protruding bones.
I do really want to improve my health now, but I feel stuck. The doctor mentioned adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, but fresh fruits and veggies aren't very conducive to the budget of a college student. What are some tips to eating right? Has anyone else struggled to gain weight? Tips for exercising and building muscle? Anyone taking any supplements?
I'm not sure if this is worth noting, but my family history includes scleroderma/CREST, lupus, and MS.
Sorry if this is a bit long, but I would really appreciate any input! I just discovered this community and am so happy to be here.