I mention that I live with the disorder Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but I know I don’t really explain it, so I thought what better time to do it, than the difficult “E” subject on the A to Z challenge.
I was initially scratching my head on what to write about, until my other half pointed out the obvious. I will make this a short post, a snippet of information, rather than the reams of stuff that does actually surround this damn illness. I don’t want to bore anyone, but it does now seem like the obvious choice for E.
The source of a lot of my factual information is the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome national charity, where the Coronation Street actress, Cherylee Houston is the patron. Cherylee also what she lives with EDS. You can find the charity online here.
EDS is a genetic connective tissue disorder. It’s caused by a defect in the protein, collagen. There are more than 30 different types of collagen and it’s the main building block of the body, providing strength and support. Examples of areas it affects are ligaments, tendons and organs. Consequently, when the collagen itself is defective, it can produce many problems throughout the body.
There are several mutations of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and I have hypermobile type. This effects the body by;
Making joints hypermobile (lax) due to the extra elasticity of the ligaments resulting from the collagen abnormality and Pain is a common feature even when skeletal X-Rays are normal.
Other symptoms this collagen abnormality can cause are;
- Muscle fatigue that increases with use
- Early onset of advanced osteoarthritis
- Weak muscle tone
- Risk of Mitral valve prolapse – I’ve been scanned and I’m fine
- Insensitivity to local anesthetics – I found this out when I tried to have a tooth out two weeks ago and again this week – both failed!
- Pregnancy complications – I had two very rapid and premature births before being diagnosed.
- Irritable bowl and other more serious gastric problems
The list goes on and on. But just imagine that this little thing called collagen, we thought was just used to plump up rich ladies lips, is actually what supports our entire bodies, and you get the idea and the possibilities of what can go wrong.
My level of problems with this are very low compared to some people who do suffer terribly. It’s a little heard of disorder and I think it deserves a little bit of airtime and awareness.
I don’t want to bang any drum or bore you to sleep, but I imagine it’s a novel post for the letter E on the A to Z challenge!