Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a disease that weakens the connective tissues of your body. These are things like tendons and ligaments that hold parts of your body together. EDS can make your joints loose and your skin thin and easily bruised. It also can weaken blood vessels and organs.
Is Ehlers-Danlos a real disease?
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provide strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body.
Is Ehlers-Danlos psychosomatic?
Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a heterogeneous group of hereditary connective tissue disorders characterized by joint hypermobility, widespread musculoskeletal pain and tissue fragility. Psychiatric disorders and psychosocial impairment are common, yet poorly characterized, findings in EDS patients.
What is the life expectancy of someone with EDS?
People affected by vascular EDS have a median life expectancy of 48 years and many will have a major event by age 40. The lifespan of people with the kyphoscoliosis form is also decreased, largely due to the vascular involvement and the potential for restrictive lung disease.
Are people with EDS weak?
Weakness, fatigue, and mild impairment of mobility and daily activities may also occur. Some rare types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes have severe musculoskeletal implications, such as kyphoscoliotic EDS with marked curvature and twisting of the spine and early osteoporosis.