hypermobility

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[1]. 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


I was just dianosed with this disorder, I have had it my whole life. But as I age, it will only worsten. It is kinda depressing. I already have Asthma, depression and anxeity. I am not happy to throw in a new disorder.

It makes life very hard, I could be walking down the street and pop, there goes my knee.

Well this is not so much a rant as an issue to me

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31 replies since 19th October 2008 • Last reply 11th August 2018

In Britain we call that being double jointed and it's a gift because you can gross people out with it at parties.

I doubt very much your limbs will pop out when you're walking down a street. Did you just get this off a website? I really don't think it will affect your life in any way whatsoever, just forget about it.

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In Britain we call that being double jointed and it's a gift because you can gross people out with it at parties.

I doubt very much your limbs will pop out when you're walking down a street. Did you just get this off a website? I really don't think it will affect your life in any way whatsoever, just forget about it.

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actually it has, my knee has disjointed twice due to lax ligaments and muscles. Which is how I found out about Hypermobility. It makes standing for long times very hard and I can't kneel without a crunching sound

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Hmm... I'm not double jointed, but I do have lots of undiagnosed issues with my joints. My knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles, neck and back crackle and pop very easily. Just moving around normally causes a symphony of said sounds. My limbs go numb/asleep very easily, too. My wrists are generally stiff, but that could just be from scar tissue from a suicide attempt.

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: Well that sucks. Most people that I know who are double-jointed just have fun with it, I suppose youve got a much more intense version of the disorder. :

Is there any medication or anything that you can take for it?


thats just no cool man, not cool.

Well hopefully they will find some sort of cure for it, I never realized it was an actual problem. :/ sadsauce

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yeah it is, you just have to be extreamly fit, I'm fit for a normal person...but for HM I need to be more.

When you are young, its easy to have fun with it, as you age the body puts more pressure on the joints.

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I have a friend with problems relating to hypermobility. It doesn't sound like much fun at all - my condolences! That said, at least your condition sounds like a superpower.

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lol, yeah its fun. I can only work part time, but work want me to work full time hours. I will try it.

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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.


I can do that too D:

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yeah, we have to be extra careful. Because as we age, our muscles and ligaments weaken.

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Not sure if this is the same thing, but last night I went to Fright Night at Thorpe Park (a theme park near me, and Fright Night is a Halloween themed thing they run... loads of scary mazes and rides in the dark, it's pretty cool) and they had a "freak show" thing. One of the "freaks" was a guy with like elastic shoulders; he just kinda put his arms up in the air and flailed them around and it looked like he had no shoulder joints at all.

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its about the same thing

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like I can do that weird thing with my tumb
I can pull it backwards so it touches my hand O_o
I can do this with almoast all of my fingers
And my arms are always in a kinda weird pose...but I don't know if it's hypermobility O.O
I break my bones real quick...

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I don't know.

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