WHAT IS EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME?
Ehlers-danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a rare inherited condition that affects the connective tissue in the body – tissue that supports the skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs, and bones. The condition affects just one in every 250 000 people in the world. Symptoms include joint hypermobility (an increased range of joint movement), stretchy skin, and fragile skin that breaks and bruises easily. For some people, the condition is mild, while for others, their symptoms can be disabling, and some of the rare, more severe types can be life-threatening. If you are having problems with your joints, tell you GP, who may refer you to a rheumatologist if they suspect you have EDS. There is no specific treatment for EDS, but it is possible to manage many of the symptoms.