What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provides strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen, specifically mutations in the COL5A and COL3A genes. The collagen in connective tissue helps tissues resist deformation. Collagen is an important contributor to the physical strength of skin, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and visceral organs; abnormal collagen renders these structures more elastic. 

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Ring Spints

If you have hypermobility of the finger joints there is little to prevent them from continuing to loosen regardless of what precautions you take because of lack of muscular support in those areas. So the more you use your hands whether for work or hobbies, the weaker they get and the looser the joints go and the greater your pain and risk of injury. This causes a lot of problem that interfere with daily lives. Unlike ankles and wrists, you can't just bind them to lesson pain and instability.…

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If You Could be Heard....

I am meeting with our local congressman's office on Monday in regards to my foundation and gaining support of public figures and I want to make sure that I am armed with knowledge and understanding of our struggles.  I know all of the medical  things I need to know about why I am doing this and my own experience, but what about all of you?  If you could be heard and have a chance to say one thing to make a difference, what would it be?  What would you change about how rare diseases and related…

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Passing it on...

A friend and ICU nurse gave me her solution for back pain. It's from her home country of Australia, and sounds like it would be worth a try! http://elmoreoil.com.au/articles/new-extreme-sports-pain-relief-launched-in-the-usa/

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