| | Very Startling Discovery - Am I Shrinking?
I REALLY hope someone can give me some insight from this board, I wasn't sure where best to post this problem.
I'm a 27 year old male. I've been the tallest one in my family (at just a HAIR under 5'9"). It's always been a source of much ribbing that I've had a good 2 inches or so on my very fit and buff 34 year old brother. But the last couple years we keep joking that he's noticing it seems like the difference in our height is getting smaller. Well, I happened to be playing with the tape measure tonight while doing an online personal ad, trying to get a sense of the height of the woman I'd be comfortable with. For the hell of it, I thought I'd measure myself, I hadn't in a long time.
I am very legitimately freaked out right now. I measured at the best 5 feet, 7.5 inches. I say at best because first we did it on carpet, then I gained a fraction of an inch on hard bathroom tile. My brother's been right, this is no joke. I know it's very common for humans to shrink, but at at least 60, not 27!!
Now, for what's it worth, I've had chronic lower back pain for around two years, what was only until early this year diagnosed as a herniate disc (but even only a slight herniation). Could this possibly mean anything? I'm trying to remember if the joking with my brother started BEFORE the back problems, and I think it did.
I don't know, quite frankly this really upsets me. At the risk of sounding vain, considering in the context in which I discovered it (the personal ad), it seems even worse. Even 5-9 is too short for a good amount of women. Does ANYBODY have something to say about this? I greatly thank you for your reply.