Category Archives: Resources

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos – NIH GeneReviews

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – GeneReviews® – NCBI BookshelfHoward P Levy, MD, PhD. – Last Revision: June 21, 2018.

This “book,” published by the NIH, is a  good description of the medical aspects of EDS. The overview below is a quick summary.


  • Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome,
  • EDS Hypermobility Type,
  • EDS Type III,
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type,
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III,
  • hEDS,
  • Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) is generally considered the least severe type of EDS, although significant complications, primarily musculoskeletal, can and do occur.   Continue reading

EDS: Description by Natl Org for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Ehlers Danlos Syndromes – NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

This article, explaining why EDS leads to various kinds of pain, could help your doctor understand why you need such potent pain relievers.

Sometimes, doctors think only about us being extra-flexible (which many of us certainly are not anymore as our joints deteriorate with age) and forget about the wider implications of defective collagen.

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of related disorders caused by different genetic defects in collagen. Collagen is one of the major structural components of the body.   Continue reading

Update: Bodily Harm from Chronic Pain Part 2

Chronic pain, unmedicated and just by itself, causes measurable biological damage affecting our physical and mental health. I wish more people knew this so they’d stop assuming that “pain won’t kill you, but opioids will”.

The opposite is true: Constant pain, in addition to causing physical harm,  impairs and eventually destroys your Quality of Life (see tag “suicide” for more links to chronic pain).

Chronic pain will make you wish for death, but opioids will only kill you if you take much more than prescribed.

So I decided to update the older list/reference page of posts about various kinds of Bodily Damage from Uncontrolled Chronic Pain by starting a second page:

Bodily Damage from Uncontrolled Chronic Pain Part 2  has more recent posts starting September 2017 up to December 2019

(You can also use tag ‘PAIN-DAMAGE‘ to find them all posts on this topic)

Fascia Research from the NIH

Because fascia is made from collagen, the genetic defect from EDS will often cause us problems with this tissue. It’s thin, fragile, stretches too much, and gives way too easily.

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Research on the body’s fascia (connective tissue) is finding more and more of its functions and abilities, going far beyond just “holding stuff together”.  I’ve posted here the abstracts of the following 4 articles and you can decide for yourself if they’re worth reading in full.

  1. Smooth Muscle
  2. Visceral Fascia
  3. Bone Tissue
  4. Hormone Receptor Expression in Human Fascial Tissue

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How consumers can interact with state medical boards

How can consumers interact with state medical boards? – National Pain Report – by Geoff Sims – Oct 2019

Editor’s Note: When Dr. Thomas Kline tweeted last week that it’s time for chronic pain patients to “flood state medical boards with online complaints” about being cutoff w/ the CDC and “federal drug police invalid medical excuses, we asked Terri Lewis Ph.D. for an article that shows patients how they can do it and why it might be a good idea.

Many patients do not know where to turn when they have concerns about the competency or conduct of a doctor. State medical boards are government agencies, usually housed in state Departments of Health, that are empowered to investigate complaints about doctors and, when warranted, take action against them.   Continue reading

Ehlers Danlos Syndromes Toolkit

Ehlers Danlos Syndromes Toolkit– from the British “Royal College of General Practitioners” – accessed June 2019

This is an excellent resource describing the many and varied problematic symptoms of a life with EDS, including descriptions of the “lived experience”.

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are heritable connective tissue disorders affecting the quality of collagen in every part of the body. 

Too many people believe that EDS is only about “frequent joint dislocations”, which is what I encountered when I first researched it in the early 1990’s – and when “research” involved books and libraries.  Continue reading

Making Effective Comments on

Tips For Submitting Effective Comments on – Jan 2018

It’s not just what you say but very much how you say it that leaves an impression. The best ideas can be lost if wrapped in too many words and convoluted language.

A comment can express simple support or dissent for a regulatory action.

However, a constructive, information-rich comment that clearly communicates and supports its claims is more likely to have an impact on regulatory decision making.   Continue reading

Physician Online EDS Education | EDS CME Modules

Physician Online Education | EDS CME Modules

The Ehlers-Danlos Society has a series of free EDS educational modules for which doctors can even earn CME credits, so it’s worth their time to take a look. EDS patients, I encourage you to make your doctors aware of this.

This free Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome CME Physician Education Program is the first online EDS course providing CME credits and covering the fundamental principles for the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related disorders as well as associated conditions.

Any healthcare providers interested in learning more about EDS diagnosis and treatment are encouraged to view the presentations whether or not they desire the CMEs.   Continue reading

EDS diagnosis for general practitioners

EDS diagnosis for general practitioners – Alan Spanos MD Clinical Associate UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC – January 2018

Joint Hypermobility: Diagnosis for Non-Specialists

This article describes how physician generalists can make useful working diagnoses of most patients with hypermobility syndromes, and proceed with effective treatment for them.

It is primarily written for physicians. Individuals who suspect they may have a hypermobility condition may wish to read it through, and have their primary care practitioners use it to make a diagnosis.   Continue reading