Your News: EDS - Life with a rare condition

Jane Green raises awareness of EDS. Pic Steve Robards SR1721182 SUS-170409-113250001
Jane Green raises awareness of EDS. Pic Steve Robards SR1721182 SUS-170409-113250001

Jane Green runs the Crawley, Sussex EDS/HSD (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes / Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders) support group.

She was a professional educationalist leading in autism charities nationally including DfE supported training but had to retire in 2015 after many injuries and being disbelieved.

She is passionate about raising awareness for EDS and giving support and accessibility in the community across medical, education and care areas. The group welcomes members and non members for the first meeting from other areas.

The aims of this support group is a) to support people with EDS, support their families, partners, siblings, children. Support professionals with EDS children or patients.

EDS is a defective connective tissue disorder.

Connective tissue, collagen supports and binds all other tissues of the body. This includes skin, veins, fat, cartilage, bone, tendons and organs.

It can affect all systems in the body. No one person with EDS syndromes/HSD is exactly the same.

Just as no one person with light brown hair is exactly the same but we can present with an array of multi-systemic symptoms and associated conditions.

There are 13 different types and some can unfortunately be life limiting. The most common type is hypermobility Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, hEDS.

Unfortunately there is no medical pathway for us, no fundraising to research the genetics, very little understanding or knowledge and no cure. So in the past EDS patients were diagnosed with other conditions such as fibromyalgia, ME, arthritis, or disbelief that we can simply dislocate a bone by simply trying to brush hair or put on a coat.

It can affect babies and children although quite rare and often causes confusion for medical and safeguarding staff as it can present with dislocations and bruises!

In school age it can affect proprioception, gait, fatigue levels, physical sprains/dislocations, allergic reactions and therefore education levels. It affects both genders but females are more commonly affected.

n EDS Support Meeting February 15 6.45-9pm Delighted to announce a support meeting on 15/02/18 at Three Bridges Community Centre, 23 Gales Place, Crawley RH10 1QG, 6.45 to 9pm.

Clinical Specialist lead physiotherapist in hypermobility and EDS UK medical advisory member, Jason Parry, is our key speaker. Come along if affected or interested in Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes/HSD.

This is usually for members but newcomers/visitors are welcome for this meeting but please note this is for people 16 years and over. Please contact janegehlersdanlosuk@gmail.com for further details.

By Crawley EDS/HSD Support Group

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