EDS and Fibromyalgia – What is the connection?
We are seeing a high percentage of patients with EDS and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder who also have Fibromyalgia. We are studying the question of why?
They are not the same disorder but they seem to travel together.
Many patients with hypermobility describe chronic generalized pain and fatigue.
Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of Central Sensitization which describes changes in the central and peripheral nervous system that increase sensitivity to painful and nonpainful stimuli. The injuries often observed in patients with hypermobility set the stage for painful joints. Central sensitization is thought to amplify this pain in addition to creating fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, and brain fog.
There are effective strategies for turning down central sensitization which result in decreasing chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and brain fog.
Author: Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., L.P.
Listen to Dr. Barbara Bruce discuss Fibromyalgia: Strategies to Help.