Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Commonly Associated Health Problems

Sep 6, 2012

This is an interesting summary of various health problems associated with EDS

“Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited disorders that affects the production of collagen in the body. Textbook symptoms may include problems such as easily bruising or scarring, joints that are hypermobile, skin that is very elastic and weak tissue throughout the body. There are several variations of EDS that can range from mild to life threatening. While the common symptoms of EDS can be found online, there are many problems that those with the disorder face that are not well-publicized.

Subluxations or dislocations

Because collagen is lacking in the body of those with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, the joints have a tendency to go in and out of place. This can occur in the back, knees, shoulders, ankles, feet, wrists, hips or any other place in the body. Sometimes, these displacements or shifts can be excruciatingly painful. Often, it is just an annoyance that causes the sufferer to move the bones back in place. Over time, this causes arthritis that can be crippling.”

Digestive problems

Problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), acid reflux and heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. While foods may be a trigger for some people with EDS, many find that there is no real pattern to these ailments. Because collagen is important to the whole body, most issues are caused by the digestive system not having enough collagen to function effectively.

Circulatory system

EDS can cause serious problems within the circulatory system. People with this condition often suffer from low blood pressure and high cholesterol. They may experience aneurysms or tiny veins that cause restricted blood flow, resulting in ruptures in the veins and arteries. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a serious condition that causes blood to pool in the lower extremities, resulting in the victim feeling lightheaded or even fainting when standing up from a sedentary position.

Dental problems

People that have EDS commonly have high palates in their mouths with crowded teeth. The mouth may be small and Temporomandibular dysfunction may occur. Gingivitis or recessed gums may cause problems such as bleeding. Teeth may shift within the gums, causing serious dental problems or pain.

Reproductive

Girls with EDS may suffer from menstruation cycles much earlier than their peers. Significant bleeding and cramping are hallmark symptoms for women of all ages. Women who are pregnant may experience miscarriage or uterine rupture.

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2 Responses to “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Commonly Associated Health Problems”

  1. Jim Pruskowski says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

    • Angie Lindsay says:

      I am the one who wrote the article above, and just wanted to thank you for the wonderful comments! I feel very privileged that my article was worthy to be posted on such a website!

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