Patient Comments: Hypermobility Syndrome - Cause

Question:Please share the cause of your Hypermobility Syndrome.

Comment from: calla, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was just diagnosed 6 months ago with hypermobility syndrome at the age of 30, when I went to the doctor with extreme hip pain. I cannot do any of the usual tests except the touch the floor test, but I can turn my legs from the hip so that my feet and knees face each other (inward), but a normal distance outward rotation. I also have a hitchhikers thumb on both hands 180 degree of motion on the thumb joint closest to the nail. I also have a slight sidewise wobble at the left knee and have sprained my ankle at least 5 times and had a mid-foot sprain.

Comment from: Itsmejenn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I recently got diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome after a car accident. I was rear ended and the whiplash was so severe that my arm and back would go numb and it was a low speed collision! A year later, I am still in physical therapy doing core strengthening. I just turned 30 and have chronic pain. I always seemed to dislocate my hips and more recently one of my ribs became dislocated (I didn't even know that could happen!). So far I have no arthritis. My fingers lock into place and I remember my great grandmother's hands doing that as well. For ladies hormones and hypermobility don't work well together or so I've been told.

Comment from: Nussa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I am a 55-year-old female who has had hypermobility syndrome since childhood. I recall my first real incident at age 12: I was playing tag with friends when I turned too quickly and my right knee popped out of joint. It hurt terribly. I hobbled on it for about two weeks because of the pain. Of course I was terrified it would happen again. I have never been very athletic, and because of what happened to my knee, I avoided sports of any kind after that. It happened to me again when I was in my early 30s. That time, I went to the hospital and had to use a brace and crutches for about a month. It took me a long time to regain the use of my knee because I was so afraid to step on it. I used it as little as possible, so, of course, my muscles atrophied. I exercised my leg after that, until I could walk without the crutches again. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about seven years ago. This is when I was told about my loose joints. I asked my doctor if there was anything I could do about it, and he said no; as it was something I was born with. He told me to keep active. That's hard to do when you are always terrified that your next step could drop you to the floor. I can also tell when my knees are vulnerable. They have a stiff, inflamed feeling. I'm also starting to have trouble with my ankles. Sometimes I'll be getting up from my chair, and it's like my ankle isn't even there. It's very painful. I am also very limber. I sit on my legs, which the doctor says is not good. I can't sit down without putting one or both legs up under me. To be honest, it if weren't for that, my knees would stiffen up, and I'd never be able to move them. I was in the hospital overnight last fall. I couldn't get up and move around often. When it came time to go home, I could barely move my knees – they had stiffened up so badly. I honestly didn't know so many people had hypermobility. After reading about all the severe problems others have suffered, I feel grateful that I'm as well off as I am.

Comment from: makingit, Published: June 06

I have hypermobility. Though before I was injured in the military I had only minor problems. I believe what helped me through childhood and early adulthood was that I stretched every day. I did dance and martial arts. Working with PT I've notice that the closer I can get back to my "natural" range the less pain I feel. But it's a slow process. I have to strengthen the muscles but still get them more flexible. I know the frustration of not having doctors listen or understand. Try stretching maybe even yoga if you can.

Comment from: Kimbo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I am 26 years old and was diagnosed in august 2011 with joint hypermobility syndrome. I have dislocated my right shoulder twice and have now undergone surgery to try and fix it. The bones in my left foot have collapsed and I now have to use insoles in my shoes. I have pain in my knees and elbows daily. The doctors don't take me seriously but I am persistent and have made a break through with my needs being assessed.

Comment from: arieljane, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have been diagnosed with hypermobility because it caused my feet to create bunions. I've always been able to do the double-jointed stuff with my fingers. I love running, but can't really do it anymore because every time I do, my knees or feet hurt. My hands also hurt a lot and I tend to drop things for no reason. My shoulders get dislocated and painful. How do you deal with the pain? I miss running like I used to, but every time it ends up hurting.

Comment from: Jonsie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I have suffered with Hypermobility Syndrome since I was a child but it was only diagnosed last week. I have had numerous strains, sprains, ruptured tendons, tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fascitis, and associated problems including endometriosis, depression, anxiety, migraines, IBS and chronic sinusitis, not to mention the growing pains as a child! I remember telling a doctor when I was in my 20s that I wish someone would look at me as a whole and not individual ailments as I was sure that there was a connection. I now have early stage osteoarthritis in my knees and shoulder, which may not have happened if I had been diagnosed earlier.


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