Hello. I was born with gastroschisis and was fed via feeding tubes and given TPN for the first 18 years or so of my life. I'm currently about to turn 24 and I've been wondering a few things.
I weigh about 100 lbs and I'm 5 '7, am I always going to be underweight like this? I've tried eating and eating more and had little results. The most I've ever weighed was 120 and that was when I was on a drip feeding pump. Sometimes I've felt when I've gone job hunting or I'm in public like people are looking at me like I'm a crack head or something because I'm so skinny.
I've developed gas problems the last few years. I haven't seemed to have been able to get much help from doctors other than try gas x. I don't eat a lot of beans and over the last few years Ive started avoiding some foods that Ive found give me more gas. Probiotices have been helping slightly but it's still an issue.
Do other people that have gastroschisis have depression as well, and If so how do i combat and solve it? I was diagnosed with it about 8 years ago and it feels like I keep getting more down about it. I'm currently seeking a counselor to help with this aspect also. Are there support groups for people with medical issues like this?
I finally found an indigent care program and have been accepted into it and in a couple weeks I have an apointment with my general Doctor. I haven't seen a GI specialist in even longer. I'm trying to figure out and solve some of these problems as Ive just started worry that something may be wrong and i need to figure out what it is. A lady at my last job told me I'm prolly just depressed cause I'm probably sick or somethings very wrong with me. How am I supposed to feel about that, if I'm its normally to be super skinny and thin?