It's an important paper for EDS I believe, as it's just the kind of easy to understand information that can be presented to medical professionals to help them understand how the condition can affect so many different parts of the body at the same time. It's not "catastrophising" (don't you just hate that word?), it's not imagined, it's not a coincidence. If it contains collagen, as most things in the body do, it is likely to be affected by a collagen disorder. I'm not quite sure why this is a surprise to anyone.
It's also the CQC's Invisible Conditions Week, so I thought it would be a perfect subject for a post here, on my irregular counterpart to Special Needs Jungle which is for children and young people with disabilities.
...multidisciplinary co-operation and consulting with a cardiologist with echocardiogram monitoring every 2–5 years, orthopaedic surgeon with a follow-up once a year, oral and maxillofacial surgeon for temporomandibular joint involvement, gastroenterologist when gastrointestinal manifestations are present, ophthalmologist to rule out other connective tissue diseases and when ocular manifestations are present, urologist and urogynecologist when urologic manifestations are suspected, neurologist and neurosurgeon when prolonged headache is present to rule out Chiari 1, and psychiatry when anxiety and/or depression are suspected. Allergologic consultation may also be needed when there are multiple drug reactions and/or food allergies. An autonomic nervous system specialist should be consulted when signs and symptoms of POTS or other autonomic nervous system manifestations are present. Management includes physiotherapy and hydrotherapy aimed at symmetric and generalized muscle strengthening and proprioception acuity improvement, including deep connective tissue manipulations after each session, occupational therapy when wrists and fingers are involved, and cognitive behavioral therapy for proper adjustment to the chronic nature of the condition. Nutrition has an important role in treating EDS-HT, and nutritional deficiencies should be sought out and treated.