I was wondering today, what the heck was Hypermobility. Hypermobility (also called double-jointedness, hypermobility syndrome or hyperlaxity) describes joints that stretch farther than is normal. For example, some hypermobile people can bend their thumbs backwards to their wrists, bend their knee joints backwards, (human jumprope) move arms from near their buttocks to the front of their stomach by holding hands and going over the head, or put their leg behind the head. It can affect a single joint or multiple joints throughout the body. hence the fact I can make my hand do all sorts of contorsions, my fingers bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, my knees, back, toes, shoulders can contort. However, people with hypermobility syndrome may experience many difficulties. For example, their joints may be easily injured, be more prone to complete dislocation due to the weakly stabilized joint and they may develop problems from muscle overuse (as muscles must work harder to compensate for the excessive weakness in the ligaments that support the joints). That means I am weak, and I have to work extra hard to gain strength. Hypermobility syndrome (known by a variety of other names, including Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome) is generally considered to comprise hypermobility together with other symptoms, such as myalgia and arthralgia, and extra-articular features such as skin hyperextensibility and varicose veins. It affects more females than males. A hypermobile hand The current diagnostic criteria for hypermobility syndrome are the Brighton criteria, which incorporates the Brighton score. Hypermobility syndrome is considered by many doctors expert in hypermobility (e.g. Professor Rodney Grahame) to be equivalent to the Hypermobile Type of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. People with hypermobility syndrome may develop other conditions caused by their lax connective tissues. These conditions include: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) I MAY HAVE THIS Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Varicose Veins I HAVE THIS Flat feet, pronated feet, plantar fasciitis or sesamoiditis and unsupportive shoes Idiopathic scoliosis Joint instability causing frequent sprains, tendinitis, or bursitis when doing activities that would not affect the normal individual. YUP SO ME Early-onset osteoarthritis There is evidence linking hypermobility syndrome to anxiety and depression. WOAH, COULD BE TRUE Subluxations or dislocations, especially in the shoulder. RAISES HAND-HAPPENS TO ME Knee pain Back pain, prolapsed discs or spondylolisthesis Hernias Bruising easily OK IT HAPPENS ALOT Worsening of symptoms in cold weather SIGH Joints that make clicking noises OH DEAR Headaches GOT ONE NOW Susceptibility to whiplash Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome also known as TMJ Increased nerve compression disorders (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome) Mitral valve prolapse Uterine prolapse FLU [Formal Larinal Usekretinals] Separated Pubic Symphysis Postural tachycardia syndrome secondary to joint hypermobility syndrome May develop issues with the thyroid such as, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Hyperthyroidism, etc. May have problems with the eyes because of extra collagen; such as, acute myopia or retinal tears EEP as we can see, this sounds very bad, but I think with Chad's help I can strengthen and function well.