Diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?

Question

I am a 52-year-old female and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in the spine.  I have hypermobile joints and have always had poor muscle tone.  In your opinion, should I be worked up for EDS?

Answer

The diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) may not make much difference in terms of your treatment plan, but in general,  I am of the opinion that a definitive diagnosis may help in terms of evaluating new problems and establishing prognosis. However in our crazy medical insurance system, I always worry about insurance discrimination when labeling someone with a genetic illness.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University