What is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders. It results from a defect in a collagen gene.

“Each type of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is defined as a distinct problem in making or using one of the types of collagen. Collagen is what the body uses to provide strength and elasticity to tissue; normal collagen is a strong protein that allows tissue to be stretched but not beyond its limit, and then safely returns that tissue to normal. An analogy: If one builds a house with bad materials, with cheap nails or only half the wood required, problems will arise. Some problems are more likely to show up than others, but because the bad or missing materials are everywhere and not necessarily visible, one can be surprised where some problems occur.

It is much the same thing with EDS and collagen. The collagen with which a person with EDS is built is not structured the way it should be, or only part of it is produced. With a badly built or processed collagen, the tissue that relies on it can be pulled beyond normal limits and thus be damaged. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and types of collagen can be found almost anywhere: in skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, blood vessels, organs, gums, eyes, and so on.

The problems resulting from one’s body being built out of a protein that behaves unreliably can be widespread, in a wide range of severities, and show up in places that seem unrelated until the underlying connection to EDS is recognized.” [ x ]

Symptoms consists of:

  • Joint Hypermobility
  • Dislocations
  • Soft or Velvety Skin
  • Poor Wound Healing 
  • Easy Bruising
  • Organ Rupture 
  • Chronic Pain
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Aortic Dissection
  • GI Manifestations (Gastroparesis, Digestive Tract Paralysis, GERD, etc.)
  • Skeletal Abnormalities (i.e. scoliosis, kyphosis, pectus chest deformities, etc.) 
And more