Tag Archive: HSD

Leah sits on her grass lawn

Patient advocacy shouldn’t mean having to fight for diagnosis

Getting an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosis is an ongoing process that can raise more questions than answers. I had always been ‘flexible’ and had problems with my joints in childhood, but my flexibility was encouraged and any pain was brushed off by doctors as ‘growing pains.’ As a child, I briefly participated in dance and gymnastics […]
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Rhonda's story

I’m a wife, mom, and author

My childhood was a blur of activity. I was, in every sense of the word a tomboy, which for that time period meant a rough and tumble girl. I’m from a small town in Kansas, and my grandparents lived on acreage there. My happiest moments were spent feeding chickens, gathering eggs, caring for horses, picking […]
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Peighton Carter Speaking

My diagnosis has given me a platform to spread awareness

I always knew my feet were hypermobile since I was a teenager, but I had no idea about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome until I was 30. By then, my time in the military had worn away my lower extremities.  I had my first foot fusion at 22, but it wasn’t until I developed dysautonomia and postural orthostatic […]
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The Ehlers-Danlos Society Center opens at Indiana University Health

INDIANAPOLIS, USA — The Ehlers-Danlos Society is pleased to announce the opening of The Ehlers-Danlos Society Center at IU Health, committed to advancing research, education, and patient care for those living with the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), and associated symptoms and conditions. A Center for Change The Ehlers-Danlos Society has donated $500,000 […]
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Response to British Society for Rheumatology

Response to British Society for Rheumatology “Guidance for Management of Symptomatic Hypermobility in Children and Young People – A Guide for Professionals managing Children and Young People with this condition” June 2019 In June 2019 the British Society for Rheumatology published an update of its 2013 document entitled “Guidance for Management of Symptomatic Hypermobility in […]
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My HSD diagnosis made me feel more hopeful than ever

It all started in my last year of high school. I had suffered from headaches and migraines my whole life, but when I was 17 I got a headache that wouldn’t disappear. I went to doctors, physiotherapists and dentists: they treated my with acupunture and tried to pull my teeth out. The first tooth split […]
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I wish someone had connected the dots sooner

My first symptoms of hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) were simple and seemingly harmless. I was super bendy. I could do all sorts of contortions and party tricks. As I got older however, each year came with more problems. By age 10 I was having chronic nausea, and by age 11, my first symptoms of Postural […]
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