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Types Of Ed Associated With Chronic Pain
? Ehlers-Danlos Syn.: The most common pain associated with eds comes from the fact that the connective tissue supporting the joints becomes lax and allows chronic joint dislocations. These people frequently notice they are "double-jointed" but later experience the chronic dislocations. A more serious kind involves blood vessels where they can spontaneously rupture. Eds can also be a limited to the skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Collagen: Eds has many different types. In most of its forms, the defect involves some aspect of collagen. Collagen is one of the basic building blocks of connective tissue which is found in all organs, joints and blood vessels. Depending on the exact type of genetic defect, and becasue collagen is found everywhere, there is cross-over in the types of eds with similar manifestations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very difficult: True Ehler-Danlos type 4 is characterized by facial changes, translucent skin through which vessels can be seen , easy bruising, and uterine and cardiac problems related to medium and large artery damage. Each event is treatable to some degree, pregnancy is advised against, and some problems require emergency treatment. It is autosomal dominant. With good care one may live long but not normally. ...Read more
Yes.: Both clinical exam and genetic testing needed.. A good pediatrician or geneticist are most likely to diagnose this, since presentation is early. I personally would see a geneticist if this diagnosis is in question. The hypermobility of joints leads to accelerated arthritis, ie. Osteoarthritis, and sprains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In EDS: Are cigarette-paper-scar only typical of classic type or can you also have them with hypermobility type?
Not w/ hypermobility: Hypermobility or being "double-jointed" is very common in the population and is not itself associated with the cigarette-paper scars seen in EDS.However, many people with EDS have the most extreme cases of hypermobility. There are no particular mutations in collagen genes in people with common hypermobility but there are such mutations with EDS. Joint hypermobility can be a cause of joint pain. ...Read more