May Is EDS and HSD Awareness Month

Every May, people all over the world show their support for those who have a type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) or hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD). Our shared mission is important throughout the year, but May is a time when we all come together, celebrate our vibrant global community, share experiences, and highlight what is needed to progress change!

How can I get involved?

Wherever you are in the world, join the Acts of Awareness Challenges! There are many ways you can help to highlight EDS and HSD; from requesting a building to be lit up or requesting a proclamation, sharing brochures or hosting an awareness event, taking part in the Walk & Roll Challengefundraising, sharing on social media, or changing your profile picture. There is something for everyone!

2024 Global Learning Conference: Philadelphia, PA

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is delighted to welcome you to register for our 2024 Global Learning Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA! We will be hosting this exciting hybrid event, both in-person and virtually. Join individuals and families with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) for up to five days of learning, collaboration, and networking.

The conference theme is “EDS and HSD: From Head to Toe” and will feature presentations, case studies, and panel discussions led by experts on the management of symptoms and comorbidities from head to toe in EDS and HSD. The event is suitable for community members and their friends and families, as well as healthcare professionals.

What is EDS?

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of 13 heritable connective tissue disorders. The conditions are caused by genetic changes that affect connective tissue. Each type of EDS has its own set of features with distinct diagnostic criteria. Some features are seen across all types of EDS, including joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility, and tissue fragility.

What is HSD?

Hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) are connective tissue disorders that cause joint hypermobility, instability, injury, and pain. Other problems such as fatigue, headaches, GI problems, and autonomic dysfunction are often seen as part of HSD.

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