This page contains helpful links, resources, medical articles and pertinent information for those who are seeking an Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis, or who are recently diagnosed and would like to learn more. Many times people think, “I have EDS, now what?” This is where this page of resources can be very helpful.  All resources are taken from the websites of EDS organizations, learning conferences and from people who work within the community. One of the best things patients can do for themselves, is to spend the time going through information presented by those who regularly diagnose, treat and research Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other connective tissue disorders.  Because EDS presents so differently in each one of us, having a solid fundamental knowledge on EDS, is critical to helping find ways you CAN help yourself vs. focus on how you CAN’T.  A social media and support group only education is not enough.  Take the time to go through the information and listen to the free webinars. You will gain a much greater understanding of EDS in general, as well as your particular case of EDS and how best to live well, while living with EDS. 

I have EDS, now what?

Information, resources & links related to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

General EDS Information:

– What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Why the Zebra? And what does it mean?

EDS Signs & Symptoms

How is EDS Diagnosed?

The Beighton Score for joint hypermobility

The Brighton Criteria for Ehlers-Danlos syndromee

Types of EDS

Other types of EDS info

Common Questions about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Emergency information & Vascular EDS Information:

Vascular Type EDS is considered the most serious form of EDS due to the possibility of arterial or organ rupture. If a patient presents with signs of chest, abdominal pain (etc.) it should be considered a TRAUMA SITUATION. Patient complaints should be immediately investigated using MRA, MRI, or CT-Scan testing — not x-rays.”

EMERGENCY and Vascular EDS Information Page

EDNF’s Vascular EDS Emergency Information

Clinical Reference Manual for Vascular EDS

Vascular EDS Medical Resource Guide

– EDNF’s Vascular EDS Quick Reference Guide

EDNF’s Understanding Vascular Complications

Connective Tissue Disorder Research – webinar recording (Hal Dietz, MD)

Presentations:

Introduction to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome webinar (Dr. Brad Tinkle) by EDS Awareness

– Dr. Collins’ presentation on Connecting issues with EDS

– Update on EDS Research – Dr. Lee EDNF 2014  Conference

– Mt. Sinai overview of EDS presentation (discusses Kinesiophobia and importance of exercise)

– EDS UK’s one day conference presentations (from May 2015)

EDNF’s 2015 Conference Presentations

– EDNF’s 2014 Conference Presentations

– EDNF’s 2013 Conference Presentations

– EDNF’s 2012 Conference Presentations

– EDNF’s 2014 Physician’s Conference Presentations

Self-Management for the EDS Patient

EDS Support Group information:

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, offers both local support groups and message boards:

EDS Awareness also lists the names of local EDS Support group and you can search their site for one in your area

EDNF’s Inspire.com Online Support Community

Webinars:

EDS Awareness upcoming free learning webinars

All previous webinars by EDS Awareness

EDNF’s Webinars

Resources:

EDNF’s EDS Resource Guides

Hypermobility Association’s List of various help topics

EDS UK’s useful information links

EDS UK’s disability resources

EDS UK’s child protection and Ehlers-Danlos resources

EDNF’s Center for Clinical Care and Research: All appointments will be made through the Genetics Department. Please contact them at: 443-849-3131

EDS Awareness downloads and printables

EDS knowledgeable companies and organizations:

EDS Wellness

Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation

EDS UK

– EDS International

Annabelle’s Challenge (Vascular EDS)

EDS Today

EDS Awareness

Fitness for Health/Bethesda Physiofitness

Physiotherapy Associates

– Movement, Balance and Sports Medicine

EDS Related Events:

Wellapalooza 2015 – Integrative Health and Wellness Conferences

2nd Annual “EDS Ride for A Cause” in November 15th, 2015 at Zengo Cycle in Bethesda, MD!

Moving Naturally with Hypermobility Seminars

front_cover_smallEDS related books: 

Our Stories of Strength – Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Rarity

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and your Eyes

Joint Hypermobility Handbooks – Management of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Living Life to the Fullest – A Guide to a better quality of life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

– Isobel Knight is a medical writer with Hypermobility: Click here to read about her books

An Accident Waiting To Happen

List of other related books

IMG_7689Helpful Pages and Posts:

What EDS looks like under a Microscope

– EDS on a cellular level and why that is important to moving your DNA

– The story that made me cry

– The 5 for living well with a chronic illness

– The Just 5 Minutes Rule and why it works

– Living with an invisible illness – Invisible Illness Week 2015

– What is an Invisible Illness?

– Managing your Hypermobility EDS – Summary of latest information (late spring/early summer 2015)

Nutrition: 

Top 10 Nutritional Tips for living well with EDS

Alkaline vs. Acidic 

EDS and Physical Therapy/Exercise: 

Common questions and answers with EDS and exercise (3 post series)

EDS on a cellular level and why it’s important to “Moving your DNA.”

My butt if flat! Why sitting too much, causes chronic pain, muscle atrophy and problems moving around.

– The importance of exercise in the expression of our DNA and the role of epigenetics

The Just 5 Minutes Rule and why it works

– Yoga and EDS

– Strengthening your gluts for pelvic and SI-joint stability

Exercise is medicine for EDS webinar summary

– Strengthening the gluts and shoulders for proprioception and stability

– EDS Fit Tip

Proper Neck Alignment

– EDS Exercise and PT information

 

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The EDS Spiral 

What does the EDS Spiral really look like?

Importance of focusing on the positive

10 ways I’ve changed my Negative Nelly DNA

15 essentials for a successful career while living with a chronic illness 

– Picky Eating and its relationship to anxiety and depression in kids

– How I’m moving my DNA with EDS

– Climbing out of the EDS Spiral – My Zengo Story

The Just 5 Minutes Rule and why it works

– Living with EDS

– Finding Strength, Flexibility and Health while living with EDS

EDS and Chronic Pain: 

– Ehlers-Danlos & Pain Fact Sheet

– Pain is weird article

Managing Chronic Pain with EDS

Long car rides and living with chronic pain 

U.S. Pain Foundation

Misc. EDS Information:

Newly published research

New disease cluster (EDS, POTS and MCAS)

New EDS/MCAS type – A familial connection between mast cell disorders, EDS and dysautonomia

New EDS type – OI/EDS variant

– Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in patient with adrenal hyperplasia

– Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type linked to chromosome 8p22-8p21.1

Genetic Testing

1. Ambry Labs

2. Center for Human Genetics, Inc.

3. Center for Human Genetics.org

4. Drug Metabolism Testing

Other

– Ehlers-Danlos and Dental Issues

What does Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS mean?

EDS Comorbid Conditions

 

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– TMJ & CCI from 2014 EDNF Conf

Life as Bobble Head

 

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Dr. Theo’s webinar on Mast Cell Activation Disorders by EDS Awareness

– Dr. Maitland’s Presentation on MCAS from 2014 EDNF Conference

– Mast Cell Activation Disease – A concise guide for diagnostic workup and therapeutic options

Diagnosing Mast Cell Activation Syndrome – 4 post series

 

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– New disease cluster (EDS, POTS and MCAS)

A familial connection between mast cell disorders, EDS and dysautonomia

– What is Dysautonomia

 

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– Dr. Pocinki’s presentation on Chronic Fatigue, Sleep and autonomic dysfunction with EDS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and EDS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome finally being recognized as a true medical condition

 

 

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EDS, Chronic Pelvic Pain & Pregnancy (including other gyn & bladder conditions): 

Ehlers-Danlos in pregnancy webinar by EDS Awareness

EDS and Pregnancy by Dr. Jaekle

– EDNF’s 2013 Conf Pres EDS and Pregnancy

Chronic Pelvic Pain & EDS

– Article on Pelvic Floor Instability physical therapy

Chronic Pelvic Pain Organization and Resources

What are some of the Ob/Gyn issues in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

“All patients should see a geneticist to determine the specific type of EDS that they have, but patients considering pregnancy must receive genetic counseling so that they can make informed decisions. In addition to concern about passing EDS on to a child, a woman with EDS has an increased risk of miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes, premature births, cervical incompetence and pre-mature labor. During pregnancy there is an increase in the hormone, relaxin. Relaxin causes the connective tissue to become looser, thus increasing joint laxity perinatally. This can be so severe that walking is impossible, and causes postpartum complications. Some forms of EDS can cause serious complications such as bleeding and tearing during childbirth. Those with Vascular Type also face the possibility of uterine rupture and hysterectomy.

In connection with a natural delivery, several women with EDS have experienced incontinence, weak pelvic floor, prolapse of the uterus, sprained joints of the pelvis, separation of the symphysis pubis (the joint between the two pubic bones in the frontal lower part of the pelvis) and rupture of the rectal musculature. Some doctors recommend a cesarean section so that the mother’s fragile tissue and/or pelvis are not strained. In connection with the planning of a delivery the doctor and the woman should discuss advantages and disadvantages of a natural delivery compared to a cesarean section.” – Source will be noted

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 Why hypermobility can be a pain in the gut

EDS and GI conditions

Got IBS?

 

 

 

 

 

This information is by no means a full list of all resources available, nor a complete list of EDS organizations, events and information. Many times, additional information can be found through a search on this website, or on the website of another EDS related company or organization. If you have any questions, or would like to have your information, company or foundation listed, please email: info@edswellness.co.

*** Please note – The information on this page or the SFHEDS website, is not to be viewed as a substitute for seeking proper medical care. Please read full disclaimer here. 

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