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Is ME due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome "stretchy veins"

Discussion in 'Connective Tissue Disorders/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome' started by Allyson, Nov 12, 2012.

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    WHY bother to GET an EDS diagnosis? How will that help me ?

    1 it is genetic so you may want to know for your kids/ grandkids who may get it worse than you - and to avoid passing it on

    2 there are associated cardiovascular risks so you need to have and echocardiogram every 5 years - for all types of EDS

    3 it is a great relief if you get a diagnosis because, when you understand it, it explains all your symptoms logically and you do not feel like you are crazy, depressed, anxious or have social phobias - it has physical reasons for all these.

    4 they estimate that one in every 100 people have it but are just undiagnosed - if we all get diagnosed we will get more research and a possible cure.

    5 There are great symptomatic management strategies for it.

    6 you can connect with others who have it too which is a great relief and a good source of information

    7 there are pregnancy risks such as post partum haemorrhage and miscarriages

    8 there are dental issues like poor teeth and periodontitis that you may want to take extra care over - EDSers often need more local anaesthetic for dental procedures for example.

    9 sometimes it helps you realise what other symptoms you DO have - eg you may not know what brain fog is til you read about it as I did and it clicks - oh that is those days when I lie in bed all day and can do nothing and feel like i have a hangover for no reason...same with heat intolerance, photophobia, hyperacousia (sensitivity to noise) etc

    10 there are many eye issues associated with it such as near sightedness and detached retina so you may want to let your optometrist/ophthalmologist know about it.

    11 It can help if you are giving up smoking to know that nicotine is a stimulant and part of the reason you feel bad is that smoking seems to mask some of your EDS symptoms so you feel better when you smoke

    12 some of the symptoms - brain fog , crashes, can feel like depression when they seem to hit "out of the blue " - these can be relieved by treatments such as rehydrating with electrolytes, wearing compression garments etc and maybe you do not have depression after all....
  6. TCP36

    TCP36 I'm not giving up, despite the setbacks and BS!

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    I Have EDS, ME, POTS and Erythromelalgia. All related and makes sense. Born with mutated EDS gene and predisposed to getting ME after EBV.
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    @Allyson There is a message in your conversation inbox that you are required to answer.

    Thank you.
  10. Hell...Hath...No...Fury..

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    This is a really interesting topic and something i've been meaning to check out for years but have been busy dealing with other health things and didnt want to pile everything on new ish GP in one go.

    Its interesting that someone mentioned people being told they have 'growing pains' among other things.

    I had very severe 'growing pains' as a child yet i never did any growing. The pain in my bones stopped me sleeping for months at a time, but that could be down to my athletics coach pushing me too hard as i could beat most adult members when i was 11-13 so he worked me harder than the other kids.

    I ended up with osteo arthritis in my knee by age 13.

    On the beighton scale, i score 7 out of 9, sometimes 9 out of 9 depending on the day as some days my little fingers can only do 90 degrees depending on pain levels.

    I have migraine from age 4 (or at least it was diagnosed by age 4) and POTS.

    I'm putting off asking my doctor about it as i'm not sure how to bring the subject up. Ive only just got her to do my referals for POTS and dont want her to think i'm just pulling random stuff out of the air. I spoke to the POTS doc about possible EDS but he just smirked at me. My GP doesn't do smirking but it did put me off a bit asking.

    I'm also worried that if they did think it was EDS that it might encourage them to push stretching and exercise on me as my PEM doesn't allow any right now.

    Is it common to have a 9 out of 9 score with no EDS? Ie just loose joints?

    Sorry if its already answered. I think i managed to read half of the 500 posts
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    Wow, what a great video!!! Thanks for posting that Allyson. I've watched half and will do the other half after a rest. The 'POTS' doctor i saw should watch that. I knew they were clueless by how they responded to my description of symptoms but this video makes them look like complete (insert insulting word here) not only were they clueless about ME which they could be forgiven for but this video shows they were just as clueless about POTS, so getting a condascending smirk from mentioning a possible EDS link makes perfect sense now. Its a pleasure to watch that video!
  13. Hell...Hath...No...Fury..

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    Hmmm at 37 mins in; he says 'They cannot just rest to get over their symptoms' that explains why the POTS doctor wanted me up and out of my wheelchair and he would have took it off me if he could. (Coz i'm just using one for the fun of it right now)

    That above sentence fills me with dread for people who also have ME as it means they won't be allowed to rest because they'll be 'deliberately' not trying to help their POTS. Which was the impression i was given when i was at the hospital; when they appeared to be trying to kill me with 2.5 hour questioning straight after tilt test.

    May be safer to be not diagnosed with POTS if also have ME.
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