Patient Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Treatments

How was your Ehlers-Danlos syndrome treated?

Comment from: Daisy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

This is my first Bartholin cyst. I've had it for 3 weeks now and have been treating it with witch hazel, tea tree oil and 5 percent iodine. It is no bigger than a small pea but won't seem to pop or go away. I can only guess that it hasn't gotten any bigger or infected because I started treating it immediately. The idea of getting it lanced does not appeal to me but I may not have a choice.

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Comment from: Terre, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

Many of my family members along with me have hyper mobility and loose skin, especially around eyes. My brother has aortic dissection and I have severe hyper mobility and now labral tears bilateral in hips. No doctors have figured out what we have nor pay attention giving any tests. All previous diagnosis of muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. are unfounded. I can't understand why Ehlers-Danlos syndrome should be so avoided by doctors for an obvious diagnosis!

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Comment from: lochmessy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I have type 3 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). I was adopted, so not diagnosed until late 40s. I have had about 20 operations, as I was not diagnosed and a lot of surgery went wrong and had to be redone. I live on pain killers, go to a pain doctor constantly. I suffer mostly and not always silently.

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Comment from: Just Me, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I was an athlete in high school then my shoulders started dislocating. The surgeon did not diagnose, he just rotated my shoulder in the socket and pinned it. The result is that at 55, my back is always tweaked. The good news is, as I get older, I am in less pain than when I was younger. I wasn't diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos until I was 21.

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Comment from: Amber L., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I was diagnosed only a few years ago after a shoulder injury. I have dealt with painful joints as long as I can remember. My hips are constantly popping in and out of joint with an audible pop. I also have curves in my spine that cause severe back pain. My knees and ankles are always cracking. Even my elbows and ribs pop out of place. I also have the hyper-elastic skin. My doctor has me on Celebrex and tramadol, which were working. As time goes on, my symptoms are increasing at a faster rate than we expected. I can't stand for any length of time and have to switch positions frequently when sitting or lying down because I get stiff and "locked up" very quickly. I'm probably looking at a hip replacement before I'm 50. I'm 37 now. After my shoulder surgery (I was in a motorcycle accident), I spent a total of nine months in physical and aquatic therapy, but it did nothing for the pain. I'm still looking for some kind of treatment other than narcotic pain meds.

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Comment from: jamiea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am 35 and was just diagnosed with EDS type III. It has taken years of low back and neck pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, and dislocated ankles, dislocated knees, a few knee arthroscopies, and multiple doctor visits to get to this point. I chose a profession that keeps me on my feet more than 14 hours a day and lifting 150 pounds or more sometimes (little did I know it was the worst thing I could do). I went to a rheumatologist and she diagnosed my condition after a 20-minute exam. I am starting physical therapy, massage therapy, and water aerobics. As far as medication, she prescribed naproxen and Flexeril, but the Flexeril makes me so tired. I am just relieved to have a diagnosis that doesn't make me feel like a crazy person anymore. I hope that the treatments I am starting begin to help my pain and fatigue. I have told my mom and grandma to get to a rheumatologist as well, because they have suffered with these things far longer than I have.

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Comment from: Dundee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome the veins in my legs split when out shopping, sitting. It's hard to stop blood flow sometimes, my bowel feels like its dying sometimes. Terrible feeling, my knee and hips jump out of joint, pain is horrific hard to cope sometimes. That's why I keep going to work it helps me by concentrating on other things. I am on fentanyl patches very low dose and Panadol Osteo. I don't cope very well to a lot of pain killers as allergic to most. It even hurts lying down as joints pain so bad at night, have trouble walking as well. My grandchildren have it as well there joints re forever jumping out, same as my sons. I have since developed Sphenoid Fibrous Dysplasia a very rare condition they said it may be part of this. The fibrous growth is in head under the brain. My eye sight is forever changing, my muscles are practically nonexistent, my skin hangs and is very soft.

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