About 8 months Danlos, ago, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This was way before I started REALLY focusing on the possibility of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. At first, I thought that you could either have Fibro OR Ehlers but not both. What I have learned after many months of research is that Fibromyalgia symptoms can overlap with autoimmune diseases and other arthritis conditions making it difficult to diagnose. The defining symptoms of fibromyalgia are often associated with other subjective and objective symptoms which occur in combination. The cause of fibromyalgia is considered as complex as its clinical presentation. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still not well understood but issues that have been suggested include:
- Abnormal pain perception
- Sleep disorders
- Abnormal circulating levels of central neurochemical substances
- Skeletal muscle abnormalities, structural or functional
- Chronic fatigue
It has also been suggested that joint hypermobility (JH) may be associated with the pathology of fibromyalgia. Interestingly enough, I was diagnosed with accident induced fibro as a result of my car accident last November. Trauma to the body is a big factor in diagnosis in many people, like myself.
Joint hypermobility is defined as “abnormally increased mobility of small and large joints beyond the limits of their physiological movement.” When musculoskeletal symptoms occur in hypermobile people in the absence of any other systemic rheumatological disorder, it is called “hypermobility syndrome.” Joint hypermobility is also a feature of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome that is characterized by weakness of the connective tissues of the body.
Having a mix of Fibro and EDS is not unheard of as they are different but have some overlapping symptoms. In my case, I do have both and am learning to manage how each uniquely effects my body.