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Suggest treatment for pain due to familial hypermobility syndrome

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Posted on Fri, 25 Apr 2014
Question: I am a 40 something year old female. I have been diagnosed with familial hypermobility syndrome in which many of my joints dislocate upon any movement. Last XXXXXXX I also had a total elbow arthroplasty and still have much pain in my left arm. I have also been diagnosed with fibro, and have chronic pain in my back after I took a fall a couple of years ago and landed on my back. In addition, I have arthritis in both knees, and right elbow and even with taking 100 mg amitriptyline at night still a lot of pain, so much that when I walk it is very slowly. Last labs that were done june2013 came back normal, but ana has been elevated. Seems like neither my pcp, rheumatologist or neurologist have done anything to help the situation. It hurts to stretch, but I do it anyway, and have went from 223 lbs to 169lbs in 1.5 years. Are we missing something here, because my quality of life is so very poor right now
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Answered by Dr. Karl Logan (3 hours later)
Brief Answer: Symptoms consistent with hyper mobility syndrome. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query here, I have gone through your description carefully and understand the pain and suffering you are going through. I'm sorry to say so but I do not think anything is being missed. The symptoms that you are suffering are likely as a result of you familial hypermobility syndrome. The severity of your joint involvement would prompt me to ask a geneticist whether this could be Ehlers Danlos syndrome. www.hypermobility.org This is a useful website regarding from the UK written for patients with hyper mobility syndrome. I have actually met the person who runs the hyper mobility syndrome association. She has Ehlers Danlos syndrome. http://omim.org/entry/130000 follow this link to find out more regarding Ehlers Danlos syndrome. I sincerely hope you will find my answer helpful, however you are most welcome to ask me further questions if you have any doubts. Wishing you good health. Regards.
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Suggest treatment for pain due to familial hypermobility syndrome

Brief Answer: Symptoms consistent with hyper mobility syndrome. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query here, I have gone through your description carefully and understand the pain and suffering you are going through. I'm sorry to say so but I do not think anything is being missed. The symptoms that you are suffering are likely as a result of you familial hypermobility syndrome. The severity of your joint involvement would prompt me to ask a geneticist whether this could be Ehlers Danlos syndrome. www.hypermobility.org This is a useful website regarding from the UK written for patients with hyper mobility syndrome. I have actually met the person who runs the hyper mobility syndrome association. She has Ehlers Danlos syndrome. http://omim.org/entry/130000 follow this link to find out more regarding Ehlers Danlos syndrome. I sincerely hope you will find my answer helpful, however you are most welcome to ask me further questions if you have any doubts. Wishing you good health. Regards.