In the sixth blog of the series about the rare disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Daisy explains about the common comorbidities of the condition.

Hello everyone, this is the 6th blog in the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome series, and it is about the common comorbidities of the condition. This means all the conditions that are commonly linked, and often occur together. 

Here are some common comorbidities of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome 

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome is a condition that I have. It is a problem with the autonomic nervous system. There is an significant increase in heart rate when going from a laying to sitting position, and to a sitting to standing position. This can also be accompanied by a drop in blood pressure.  

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MCAS is a condition where a person has repeated episodes of the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Some symptoms of these could be tachycardia, low blood pressure, wheezing, gastrointestinal tract symptoms etc.  

The term gastroparesis refers to a paralysed stomach. It is a gastrointestinal malfunction, in which the stomach cannot digest food. This can cause abdominal pain, bloating, and some people need tube feeding because of this. I have this condition too. 

Some other common comorbid conditions are Autism, Scoliosis and Kyphosis (curvatures of the spine), bladder dysfunction and mental health disorders. 

There are lots of comorbidities of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which can often really affect an individual’s quality of life. It is important to see your healthcare professionals if you suspect you have any of these conditions.  

 

In the next blog I will be speaking about possible management and treatment options for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.