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vEDS Awareness

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 8, 2017

It’s Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month!

Here’s a shout out to all those living with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome!

It is a connective tissue disorder caused by known genes, and symptoms include:
– thin, translucent skin that bruises easily.
– very fragile arteries, gut wall, and uterus. These may rupture which can be life threatening, and so need monitoring.
– a characteristic facial appearance with protruding eyes, thin nose and lips, sunken cheeks, and a small chin.
– joint hypermobility usually in the hands (can be elsewhere)

The level of bruising is much more severe, and the skin much more translucent in vEDS than in hEDS or cEDS.

It’s actually quite common for people with vEDS not to know they have it until something drastic (like an anuerysm or organ rupture) happens. Early diagnosis is really important as it can mean that lifestyle can be adapted to reduce risks, and monitoring can pick up issues and address them before they can become life-threatening.

cEDS Awareness

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 7, 2017

It’s Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month!

Here’s a shout out to all those living with classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cEDS)!

It is a connective tissue disorder caused by known genes and is characterised by:
– very soft and stretchy skin which splits, tears and bruises very easily, and doesn’t heal well, often leaving wide papery scars.
– Internal organs which herniate or prolapse
– joint hypermobility in all joints (with the associated dislocations, pain and fatigue)

The joint related issues can mirror the issues found in hEDS and are treated the same way, although anything that impacts the skin may need a slightly adapted approach – for example extra soft linings for splints and trying to making sure that exercises don’t split or tear the skin.

It’s important to note that slightly fragile, stretchy skin and abdominal hernias are common in hEDS, but these issues are much more marked in cEDS.



Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 6, 2017

Today is Wishbone Day to raise awareness of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, one of the hypermobility syndromes that we support.

Head over to the Brittle Bone Society’s page and show your support

It may be Ehlers-Danlos awareness month, but don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten everyone who has other hypermobility syndromes!

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 4, 2017

By raising awareness of EDS in the right way, we can also benefit people with HSD (previously called JHS or BJHS), Marfan syndrome, stickler syndrome, pseudoxanthoma elasticum, and others.

For example, did you know that recommended management of hypermobility is exactly the same in hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders and many of the other hypermobility syndromes too? – treating the symptoms, using pacing and exercise to help manage pain and fatigue, needing to find the exercise that works for the individual so they can build muscle without injury, careful and considered use of joint supports and mobility aids where appropriate, and surgery as a last resort.

The associated conditions that professionals are advised to look out for (like MCAS, POTS and gastroparesis) are also the same for both hEDS and HSD.

It’s Ehlers-Danlos awareness month! #EDSawarenessmonth

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, May 3, 2017

So today let’s look at hEDS.

hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is:
– a genetic connective tissue disorder which affects each individual differently. The gene(s) haven’t been identified yet.
– generalised joint hypermobility (dislocations are common although not everybody with hEDS dislocates, joint instability, pain and fatigue)
– slightly stretchy or soft skin, which bruises easily.*
– a slightly increased risk of hernias and prolapses*
– some individuals will have ‘marfanoid habitus’ – a particular body type with features that include an armspan that is greater than one’s height, long fingers and thin wrists.

*these symptoms may cause problems, but are less severe than commonly seen in vEDS and cEDS – we’ll cover those in the next few days!

Managing hEDS is tricky. Being as strong as possible is essential – but trying to build strength when you are easily injured and get overwhelmingly fatigued simply isn’t easy! Getting it wrong can often set us back instead of helping, so it can take a fair bit of trial and error to find what works for the individual.

So please be patient and supportive towards anyone struggling to find their way to live well with hEDS.
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