Sunday, 10 September 2017

What is Hypermobility syndrome?

I thought i would do a bit of an awareness post explaining what exactly hypermobility syndrome (HMS) is without all the medical jargon. Just to say i am no medical professional and i will mainly be talking about symptoms I have experienced, every case is different and just because i have one symptom does not necessarily mean you will to, also please don't use this as a self diagnosing tool this is for anyone who has been diagnosed/knows someone who has been diagnosed or wants more information about these conditions.


What is hypermobility syndrome?
Lets break it down: Hypermobility is when your joints are extremely supple and can be moved into positions that others may find impossible. It has many benefits in the dance and athletic world and many people with hypermobility experience no complications or other symptoms.
So then hypermbility syndrome: When the syndrome is attached to the word you may be experiencing other symptoms such as painful and clicking joints that dislocate or sublax (partially dislocate) easily along with stiffness in the mornings and evenings, fatigue (extreme tiredness), recurrent injuries (such as sprains), digestive issues, dizziness and fainting and thin, stretchy skin.

What causes hypermobility syndrome?
Often hypermobility syndrome is hereditary but that is not always the case because like me none of  my family have the condition or the characteristics of hypermobility. Hypermobilty syndrome wether inherited or not is caused by a default in your collagen (basically the glue that holds your body together). This default causes the collagen to be weaker making the ligaments and joints loose and stretchy but not only that wherever collagen is in the body there is a possibility there will be problems.

Treatment/help with HMS:
Hypermobility syndrome  causes a wide range of symptoms and therefore can be difficult to manage. However physiotherapy, hydrotherapy along with pain management can help, also seeing specialists to manage the range of symptoms. Joint supports or taping joints help as well.
There is no cure for HMS however managing the symptoms and pacing can improve the overall effect of the condition.

I have had hypermobility my entire life but only developed the syndrome at 15, as i have learnt it can be much more complex than just bendy joints, however its definitely not the end of the world it can just slow you down a bit. I hope this is a good explanation of what HMS is without it coming from a  medical professional and wether you have it as well or know someone who is suffering i hope this has helped.

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