Tag Archive: Pain

Dana

My pain management journey

I finally figured out why my body seemed to be acting against me. I was 20 years old when I was first diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). I was in my third year of college and was studying pathology. As I read a short paragraph in a long textbook about EDS, I knew right then
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Kayla smiles at the camera

My invisible illness

After twelve years, I have finally received the answer I’ve so desperately been searching for. My name is Kayla, I am 19 years old and I have hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. For most of my life, I have pushed through lots of widespread joint pain and inflammation while thinking this was normal. Beginning at eight years
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Alyssa on her wedding day leaned over and kissing her husband

My EDS is always two steps forward and five steps back

Hello, my name is Alyssa Kelly, and I was formally diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) by a geneticist when I was 21. My mother knew something was wrong from the day I was born prematurely.  From that day forward it started, I had five sets of tubes from age 6 months to 5 years.  
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My twin sister and I fought to be believed

At 5 years old I remember my thumb and hips popping in and out of place. I would be in horrendous pain but I would keep it to myself. Then I would chat with my identical twin sister then we realized that our pain was very similar.  At around the age of 13, I decided
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a selfie of andrea in a car

My journey from “mushy muscles” to misdiagnosis

I was born in the ’70s… My parents were told I was born with “mushy muscles”. I didn’t walk until I was 20 months old, but I managed and I was cute. I was the firstborn on both sides of the family, so no other babies to compare to, though little things bothered my young
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Barbara sits in front of her wheelchair, with a dog sat in her wheelchair, and a horse stood on a block behind her

My life finally started after diagnosis

It took almost 24 years for me to be diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS). For 24 years I was neglected by my medical professionals. When I finally got diagnosed, I was not sad, it came like a blessing to me. I felt a big relief because I was seen, heard, and believed. I was
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Sara J playing the flute

A musical spoonie’s journey

Little did I know that my flute career path would essentially be stopped in its tracks before I had an opportunity to really get going. By all accounts everything was in place. I was all set. I had the best teachers. I was at my dream school of music. I made it! I am a
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quinn j story

YouTube helped me to advocate for a diagnosis

My name is Quinn and I’m just like you. I love to be with my friends, I love to cook, create art, and be in nature. I have a fascination with decorative skulls and an obsession with collecting flavored chapstick. I have lived with chronic illnesses my whole life. I was born with a urea
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headshot ramona palmer

The toll that my EDS takes on my body and my identity

I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) when my youngest child was seen and diagnosed. I wasn’t sure if I should be excited to finally know why! But I was scared for us both. I bruise easily, will be 50 in several weeks, and live in constant pain of some degree. My hip and
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