WHAT IS EH­LERS-DAN­LOS SYN­DROME?

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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.

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