Frequently Asked Questions
can hypermobility go undiagnosed for years?
I have bad knees and ankles and the physio asked if I have hypermobility. Would I know if I had this?
Hypermobility should not be confused with clinical instability.Hypermobility versus clinical instability: With hypermobility, ligamentous laxity can produce tight, achy muscles and may lead to early onset of arthritis. Clinical Instability, on the other hand, can be a serious, even life-threatening condition. It usually results from significant trauma or from certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (not the degenerative type of arthritis) . In clinical instability, the excessive motion of the vertebrae can cause pressure on nerves and the spinal cord leading to serious neurological problems. Hypermobility is not clinical instability. Furthermore, a person with a hypermobile spine does not usually go on to develop clinical instability.
SUMMARY: If you often crack or pop your neck yourself, it probably means that the joints are hypermobile. The ligaments are a bit lax so the joints move a little more than they should. In response, the muscles tighten up to stabilize the joints. This makes your neck feel tight and makes you want to crack it. When you do that, the muscles are momentarily stretched, they relax somewhat, and you feel better for a while. But when you crack your neck you also stretch the loose ligaments further which makes the muscles tighten up again. It’s a vicious cycle.
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The joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. The joint hypermobility syndrome is considered a benign condition. It is estimated that 10%-15% of normal children have hypermobile joints, or joints that can move beyond the normal range of motion. There is a tendency of the condition to run in families (familial). It is felt that certain genes are inherited that predispose to the development of hypermobile joints. Genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, an important protein that helps to glue tissues together, are suspected of playing a ro
Because the joints are capable of excessive motion in people with the joint hypermobility syndrome, they are susceptible to injury. Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pains in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows. There is a higher incidence of dislocation and sprains of involved joints. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) occurs more frequently in people with hypermobile joints. Joint hypermobility tends to decrease with aging as we become naturally less flexible.
Signs of the syndrome are the ability to place the palms of the hands on the floor with the knees fully extended, hyperextension of the knee or elbow beyond 10 degrees, and the ability to touch the thumb to the forearm
Often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and requires no treatment. Many individuals with joint hypermobility syndrome improve in adulthood. Treatments are customized for each individual based on their particular manifestations. Joint pains can be relieved by medications for pain or inflammation. Proper physical fitness exercise can strengthen muscles and stability, but the nature of the exercise should be designed to avoid injury to joints
Does anyone know about the condition Marfan Syndrome?
2 specialists at the hospital both said to me that they suspect I may have Marfan Syndrome, but they said there are no tests that can be done - I've done my research so I know what the features are of the condition, and I do seem to have quite a lot of these, but having planted this idea in my head, no one is willing to follow it through - do I need to get my heart checked?
Does anyone out there actually have the condition themselves, who can offer me any advice?
I hope you find out what you need to know about Marfans.
I just wanted to point out that anyone with flexible fingers that was worried by yakkydoc's answer they mustn't. If you are very flexible you might (only might) have Hypermobility Syndrome, which is a condition related to Marfans in type, but not as serious. I know this as I have it and it causes pain in my hips and/or knees at times, but it isn't a very serious condition, just painful at times. If you were worried at all see this link: http://www.hypermobility.org/whatishms.php which I hope will make things clear.
lazlouz2001 - sorry to have used your question to correct someone's answer, but I was concerned about how incorrect yakkydoc's answer was.
I hope you find out all you need to know about your condition - and I would suggest strongly that you go back to your doctors and INSIST that they clarify the situation, they have no right to leave you wondering and worrying. Good luck.
Do my symptoms relate with hypermobility?
I am 15 years old. I have been sick for two years. I miss a lot of school with medical permission. Lupus runs in family, and rheum. thought I might have it. I have not been tested by any bloodwork except my elevated sed. rate. I was just diagnosed with hyper mobility syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia patella).
My symptoms include, ofcourse, pain in joints and bones...length of arm, leg, feet, toes, hands, fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulders, everything except hips.
I have gastritis and erosion, but biopsies show nothing.
I am immune to most medicines, unknown cause.
My symptoms of illness include: fevers, frequent illness, headaches and migraines, crushing pain in chest, pain in chest, pain in ribcages with trouble moving and breathing, scoliosis, shocks in spine with make my legs collapse and I fall, shooting pains in stomach and chest to brain, fatigue, always sleeping, rashes, in sun get rashes on chest and neck. And more personal/serious ones.
Oh, I also get frequent sore throats, nose bleeds (in 2006, 1-2 per day)=anemia, nasal sores, and vomitting.
I am going back to school in a week. I was prescribed physical therapy and an anti inflamatory. I want to make sure my medicine will work (Meloxin or something?), beacuse I missed too much school on medical excuses, and I can't do it this year. I want to know if I got the right diagnosis ? And if you have these symptoms too with HMS?
hmmm...you sure do have a lot of conditions..
I think rather than physical therapy, which will only address soft tissue issues, chiropractor rehab may be more beneficial for you. Especially if you can find a chiropractic neurologist. They are hard to find...but I think even regular chiropractic care can be more of benefit...