May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness month and Hypermobility syndrome is often* also known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3… so I’m uploading this as part of the event at Zebrasneedzebras on deviantart.
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The red markings roughly mark places where hypermobility syndrome can cause joint pain. They’re loosely based on zebra markings (zebras are often used to represent hypermobility and other ehlers-danlos conditions).
I got this image stuck in my mind after a hospital visit last year - I was given a form to fill out which had a small diagram of a human body, and I was told to circle the areas where I experienced pain.
I have a mild case of this - my joints never fully dislocate, I rarely experience pain in more than a few places at any time and sometimes there’s no pain at all. There are other symptoms, but typing out all of those would take a while…
Honestly, I always find talking about this to be tricky: If I play down the symptoms, then I’m only adding to the misconception that Hypermobility Syndrome doesn’t cause any ‘real’ problems. …but I don’t want to risk going down the ‘damsel in distress’ route by ranting about every possible problem either.
If you want to know more about the condition, this is my favourite online resource to share at the moment: http://www.dynakids.org/Documents/hypermobility.pdf
The first page gives a good overview for people who don’t have the condition and the rest goes into the kind of detail that people with the condition might appreciate.
Other useful websites:
The NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ehlers-danlos-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Joint-hypermobility/Pages/Introduction.aspx (includes clinical trials)
The HMSA: http://www.hypermobility.org/
In my opinion, the best, most comprehensive, useful and affordable source of information about hypermobility syndrome is the <b>Joint Hypermobility Handbook by Brad T. Tinkle, MD, PhD. </b>
tl;dr: EDS-HM sucks. Red lines mark places that sometimes hurt. Distressed damsels only exist in fairytales.
*it used to be believed that hypermobility syndrome was a seperate condition, completely unrelated to the hypermobile type of Ehlers-Danlos. A popular and current theory is that two are the same condition, although possibly as different sub-groups. More on that here: http://hypermobile.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=157&Itemid=37
I read the joint hypermobiliy syndrome and got chills. Everything that I’ve felt in my life is written in this.