Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Deck the halls and all that stuff!

Hi everyone,

First thank you all to everyone who has contacted me to let me know that my blog is helping others to understand EDS/HMS and also offering comfort to fellow bendies.
Its hard sometimes to come on and write about the month I've had but now that I know that it is helping others I have more reason.

So how have things been since October?
Still waiting to be rehoused and currently living in my extremely bare flat having packed everything ready for my proposed move a few weeks ago. Still here and possibly for another few months but loving having very little to tidy or trip over!

I enjoyed a wonderful birthday, my favourite present was the entire works of Shakespeare found in an old 2nd hand book shop from my boyfriend.

So on to the health stuff...

As predicted the winter is hitting hard and its been an interesting few weeks trying to keep up with my EDS.

My physio became very concerned about my hips after they started to subluxate (partially dislocate) repeatedly during the day. An x-ray has shown 'some structural abnormality' but until the official report comes back from the radiographer they won't tell me what exactly is 'abnormal'. There are a few hip issues that are more common in EDS due to the increased friction from the movement in the joint or from the recurrent dislocations/injuries.
I see a specialist physiotherapist in a few days who needs to assess my hips and pelvis so they can refer me to an Orthopaedic surgeon who will then decide if surgery is needed.
The pain in my hips has become very bad and touching my upper pain threshold so I have finally be referred to the pain clinic.

Last week I passed out and fell badly in my kitchen. It was the first time I used my falls alarm and now realise just how essential it is. The nurses got to me quickly and I was sent to hospital for xrays and pain relief. I expected to be sent home that night but my heart and blood pressure weren't behaving and I was kept in overnight.

My heart rate and blood pressure were monitored through the night and in the morning I was told that I could possible have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). This is a condition that basically means your body has become allergic to gravity. It affects the Autonomic system which controls heart rate, blood pressure, temperature control and other essential systems. There are various reasons people develop POTS including as a result of a primary condition, in my case EDS.
If the falls continue I will have to be tested for POTS.

Hearing this was not especially great as I know how bad POTS can get and also how it can cause more complications in EDS.

For more information on POTS see the links at the end of the blog.

Generally I feel really rubbish and think this has to be the worst I've been so far with EDS. However I have been through so much worse in the past and know that whatever happens it's how you approach the challenges that determine how they affect you. As usual I am staying positive (although a little harder than usual), and focusing my energy on just keeping safe and warm over the next few weeks.

I hope that you are all having a great snowy week. Please comment and continue to share your EDS stories. If there is anything you would like me to discuss in a future blog please let me know.

Hugs and prayers to everyone


More info:

What is POTS? - -POTS place. info on POTS and other types of Dysautomia.

POTsgirl's video - - great video explaining POTS simply and to the point.

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