What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of EDS may vary, depending on the form of the condition; however, all forms have some common symptoms, including:
- Joint hypermobility
- Stretchy skin
- Fragile skin (that breaks or bruises easily)
The symptoms of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS), along with those above, include:
- Joint pain
- Clicking joints
- Loose or unstable joints that are especially susceptible to dislocation
- Digestive problems
- Problems with internal organs
- Problems with bladder control
Cause and treatment
Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are genetic conditions which are mainly inherited from one or both parents. A person with an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can only pass on the same type of syndrome to their children, but the severity of the condition may differ.
There is no specific treatment or cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. Some treatments recommended for the management of EDS include:
- Occupational therapy
- Counselling and CBT
- Regular scans, (to keep an eye out for internal organ problems)
- Genetic counselling
GP’s and consultants can also prescribe medication, depending on the circumstances.