"Ryan, have you heard of Marfan Syndrome?" Michelle asked me this morning.
"Yeah, but I don't know what it is" I answered.
She went to to ask me if I've ever had genetic testing done on my tissue.
"Lemme call my mom and call you back, I highly doubt it, she would never withhold it from me."
I called my mom, and I never call my mom. What she told me was upsetting, but I understand that in 1982 nobody knew anything about TMJ or hypermobility being related to anything greater. "All the doctor said TMJ and hypermobility will make you extremely flexible and double jointed." I guess back then nobody knew that hypermobility would cause my rotator and all other tendons to tear.
"I just found out my mom said I had hypermobility when I was a kid." I said as I called her back.
"Have you ever thought that everytime your shoulder dislocates and pops out of its socket this has caused your shoulder to impinge? (My shoulder dislocates 25-30 times a day, I've always thought it was "usefull flexibility," but turns out its a subluxation of the shoulders.
"Everytime your jaw pops and dislocates (I have always had severe TMJ on both sides othe the jaw, causing the madable to "pop" out everytime I chew or speak, but had no idea what it was called until the other day) damages the nerve connected to your rotator
"You are significantly taller than your parents and you have terrible eye sight. I noticed when messaging you you have a sunken chest and sparse muscle. You're wingspan is extremely long."
"It's at least two inches more than my height, what's a sunken chest?"
"That huge dented hole in the bone of your chest."
"That's always been there, my ribs are inverted, it can be common in men."
"It's pectus excavatum. Listen, google marfan syndrome, look at all those pictures and tell me you don't see a mirror image of you physique. Hypermobility, TMJ and sunken chest are the three most common symptoms. It's a genetic tissue disorder causing your connective tissue to tear. Eventually you may not be able to play music again. You're ligaments are so weak that everytime you shoulder "pops," the impingement bleeds internally more, this is why playing music caused it to be worse."People with Marfan can die young due to weak tissue in the heart, "mitral valve defect." This all explains your curved spine too. Marfan causes the connective tissue throughout your body to swell and tear, this is why you are having to get your shoulder "cleaned out" surgically. This is probably why your arm has torn twice in the last year, I strongly urge you to go to UMC and get blood work drawn ASAP, got to North Vista Hospital on Monday, they will help send your blood away with a general doc's visit.
I ended up gooling what Marfan is, and they images look too much like me it's scary. I was having a great week, my aunt came to town, I have spoken with a counselor and am going back to get my master's. Then my mom tells me about a genetic problem I have had since I was born.
Now it's on to Labcorp to get the bloodwork done on Monday, which means an ENTIRE day at UMC hospital. FML
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