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Posted By Donna Wicks, October 1, 2012

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The following abbreviations are used:

JHS = Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

EDS = Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

HMSs = hypermobility syndromes

Some may be familiar with using the term HMS (Hypermobility Syndrome) as a diagnosis that describes them being hypermobile and in pain. Here we use the term JHS in its place. Others use the term JHS or EDS-Hypermobility Type to describe their condition. In the section on Hypermobility and illness we aim to explain that there is a spectrum from just being hypermobile with no symptoms to being hypermobile with joint symptoms with or without mild variations of other signs and symptoms (JHS), to being hypermobile with joint and other complex problems (EDS).

The term HMSs is used here simply as an abbreviation for the words hypermobility syndromes when we are talking about all the disorders associated with hypermobility, and is not used as a diagnostic term in its own right.



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Many aspects of management are covered in the HMSA booklet “A Guide to Living with Hypermobility Syndrome”, “Schools Guide” and the HMSA Journal, all available to purchase in the Shop. There are also a number of presentations available on USB from the HMSA Residential 2014, again through the Shop.

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A webpage on Mast Cell Activation Disorder (Spring 2015)

A webpage on Osteogensis Imperfecta (Summer 2015)




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