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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Overview)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a medical condition characterized by hypermobile joints, very elastic or stretchy skin that bruises easily, and other abnormalities. It is caused by defects in collagen, an important structural protein that is responsible for the strength of many different types of tissue including skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.


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Is it possible to have symptoms from several types of ehlers-danlos syndrome?

Usually - one type: There are a variety of types as you note and most of the time this is the benign hypermobility type. It is genetic and you may have relatives also wiht it. Each type can have a variety of manifesations and so people with the same type can have different symptoms. Exercise is an improtant stabilizer and you need to be doing this. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
344 doctors shared insights

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Overview)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a medical condition characterized by hypermobile joints, very elastic or stretchy skin that bruises easily, and other abnormalities. It is caused by defects in collagen, an important structural protein that is responsible for the strength of many different types of tissue including skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.


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How does ehlers-danlos syndrome affect lifestyle?

How does ehlers-danlos syndrome affect lifestyle?

Skin and Joints: Affects mostly the skin and joints but also the cardio-vascular system (e.g. Heart and large vessels). ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Check cholesterol medications
Once
Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
Once
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What are the symptoms of ehlers-danlos syndrome?

What are the symptoms of ehlers-danlos syndrome?

Disorder of collagen: Ehlers-danlos syndrome is a common disorder of collagen structure that causes easy bruising and poor wound healing. Patients with this conditions have a soft, velvety skin that is hyperelastic, joins that are lax and they have unusual scarring. There are 10 variants. The most serious form is associated with rupture of visceral organs. ...Read more

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How likely is ehlers-danlos syndrome if one parent has symptoms/signs?

How likely is ehlers-danlos syndrome if one parent has symptoms/signs?

From 0 to 50%: Ehlers-danlos syndrome (eds) is a group of inheritable disorders. There are two different inheritance patterns of eds, autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive. If you have the dominant type, there's a 50% risk of eds in your child. If you have the recessive type, eds can only occur if your partner also carries the recessive gene. A genetic counselor is needed to tell you your exact risk. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
Once
Wear a wrist brace at night
daily
Take pain medications as directed
Once
Use proper posture when performing tasks
Once
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I was given a diagnosis of ehlers danlos syndrome? What are the treatment options for this?

Not many: There are no specific treatments. Options such as pain meds or splinting are reserved for severe cases. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with ehlers-danlos syndrome (joint cartilage) so should I stop playing sports?

Not completely.: Your condition also is associated with hypermobilty of tendons and ligaments. While i think you should avoid contact sports, impulsive sports (tennis, basketball), you can bike, swim, do resistance training and keep your health in the best it can be. ...Read more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
once
Listen, listen, listen
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
2x day
Do not be afraid to Ask for feedback
3x day
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What are the tests for ehlers-danlos syndrome?

Usually none: The diagnosis is usually made on physical examination. Since it's not something that can be treated with a pill, there's seldom any need to find the exact gene responsible (and there are many different ones that can do it). For the very severe vascular form, a geneticist may confirm this, before or after birth. I know several docs with e-d. Good luck. ...Read more