Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of disorders that affect connective tissues, which are tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs. Defects in connective tissues cause the signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which vary from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications.(From http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ehlers-danlos-syndrome)
May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndome Awareness Month
EDS on Wiki: General Explanation and charts on different types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
There are different types of EDS and hypermobility syndromes so symptoms may vary. The following are the most common symptoms of EDS.
Flexible joints, due to loose connective tissue
Stretchy skin due to weakened connective tissue
Fragile skin and abnormal scarring
If you have the Vascular type of EDS then you may experience:
People who have the vascular subtype of EDS sometimes share distinctive facial features. These features include a thin nose, thin upper lip, small earlobes and prominent eyes. Also they may have thin, translucent skin which bruises very easily. Sometimes the underlying blood vessels are visible through the skin.
Types of EDS
Treatment of EDS and Hypermobility Syndromes
According to the Mayo Clinic there is no cure for EDS. The main treatments offered are pain medications, physical therapy and bracing to try to support joints and prevent dislocations. In the type of EDS that causes weak blood vessels, keeping the blood pressure lowered is necessary too.
Cause of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
EDS is believed to be an inherited condition due to gene mutations. Defects in the following genes, ADAMTS2, COL1A1, COL1A2, COL3A1, COL5A1, COL6A2, PLOD1, TNXB cause EDS. These genes provide instructions on how to assemble collagen — except for ADAMTS2, which provides instructions for making the proteins that work with collagen.
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Websites
EDS Patient Blogs
Coping With Pain From Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Children’s Blog)
EDS Support Groups
Lyme and EDS (Facebook)
EDS Zebras Need Zebras (Facebook)
EDS Today (Facebook)
Ehlers Danlos Positive Support Group (Facebook)
Ehlers Danlos Support Group (Facebook)
EDS and Joint Hypermobility Wisconsin (Facebook)
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