Tag Archive: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Managing a TV Career with cEDS

There has been a great deal of talk in the press recently about the TV industry and the toll it takes on your mental health, both on and off-screen, and how the industry would shut down as we know it if all the freelancers walked out. There is an element of my journey that I’d […]
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My diagnosis was the light at the end of the tunnel

TW: Contains discussion of suicide. I’m Charlotte, I’m 23 and I was diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome, IBS, chronic reflux, costochondritis, vitamin B12 deficiency, and possible pernicious anemia. I was originally diagnosed with ‘probable fibromyalgia’ when I was 16 years old. At the time I was told ‘you will probably grow out of it’ and […]
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I bought a second home to be nearer to doctors who understood

The first time I went to a doctor to try to determine what was causing my pain and fatigue, I was 14. The doctor identified my mitral valve prolapse but, other than that, he deemed me to have been perfectly healthy. I didn’t aggressively pursue a diagnosis, I just knew my neck and back hurt […]
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My strength is my superpower

I was diagnosed at 42 but all the signs were there from the start. As a child, I would sit in the ‘W’ position, I would often stand with my feet completely flexed so all the weight was on the outside ankles, I could do splits both ways and I got very tired walking. In […]
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The Ehlers-Danlos Society 2020 Research Grant Program

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is pleased to share with you our Research Grant program for 2020. We will announce each grant round over the course of the year but have summarised below the opening dates for your information. Further details will be provided with the online application process with each respective round.  We aspire to offer […]
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My symptoms were dismissed as psychosomatic

I was diagnosed with hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos syndrome (hEDS), Postural orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), and related comorbidities when I was 20. It represented the culmination of six years of searching for answers to explain my complex symptom presentation and the reason for a lifetime of recurrent pain.  After such a tumultuous diagnostic odyssey, it was also […]
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The emotional toll of being doubted

In my 30’s I started to develop significant pain in all of my joints, but mostly stemming from my spine. When I got pregnant at 31, I started to have excruciating pain in my back. I went to physical therapy and was told it was normal.  At 36, I had my first spinal surgery, a […]
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Having someone who understands every unstable step

My mother and I were diagnosed in tandem. My mother was 39 but looked 19, living a life in chronic pain with constant joint instability. I was 6, and sitting in the doctors office in a W banding my fingers backwards so my hand looked like a skydiver. In the 23 years that have followed […]
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