Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

To quote the Mayo Clinic article here:

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provides strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body.

People who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome usually have overly flexible joints and stretchy, fragile skin. This can become a problem if you have a wound that requires stitches, because the skin often isn’t strong enough to hold them.

It’s ridiculous the number of things that can be affected by having EDS, and the list goes on forever.  So I’m not going into much detail, just the main things.  I have bruising without explanation, unstable joints that sublux and hyperextend, frail skin, chronic joint pain, a herniated disc, and megacolon issues from having EDS.

It’s a royal pain, and don’t worry: I have a medic alert necklace to alert paramedics in case I’m in an accident.  You know, so they don’t kill me when they try to help me.  *smile*

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