Is lipedema a thing? How can I learn more about it?
February 10, 2014 5:16 PM Subscribe
I saw this ask comment
on lipedema/lipoedema going underdiagnosed while I was searching through the cellulite tag, and I'm interested in more resources, but a lot of what I find seems pretty woo-woo. Get me pointed in the right direction?
posted by revi to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 5'6", 22-year-old female, and the top half of my body is typically a US juniors' XS - but my hips/thighs/knees/calves are always several sizes larger than the rest of me (they're also a wobbling, rippling mess of cellulite, including the "doughy kneecaps" that the OP of the previous thread mentions), no matter how tiny and bony and toned and firm the top half of my body gets. It seems like I'm doing everything "right" - I've been on a low-calorie (I shoot for 1100 on 4 days out of the week, and then 1400 on workout days), high-protein/low-carb, Paleoish diet for years (it's been pretty miserable, really); I'm good about weighing my food; I lift heavy; I'm not taking any medication that causes weight gain (although I am taking CLA for the cellulite); I had my thyroid levels checked (twice); I exfoliate and moisturize my thighs every morning... and I still look like someone grafted the legs of a 40-year-old mother of 3 onto my body. Even when I weighed 115 pounds, it was like this (I've gained about ten pounds in the intervening two years, but my top half looks better that way, so). It's a huge source of stress for me - Christ, I'm crying just writing this.
Needless to say, it would bring me immense peace if I could find out whether or not there's something medical going on there - even just finding a reputable/informed doctor who says "nope, Revs, we ran some tests and it seems like you've just got a particularly pronounced pear shape, so keep dieting". But I'd like to do more reading first, and a lot of what I'm finding is either poorly sourced or of the "ONLY OUR CLINIC CAN SAVE YOU!! DON'T TRUST THE REST OF THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT" variety. please hope me
Oh, and, um, relevant personal anecdotes are fine too. I'll take anything; I'm just hoping that someone can help me figure out what's what here.