Joint hypermobility disorders :
Hypermobility vs HMS and lots more ??'s - - Posted by Stacey (Stacey), 25 May 2003
Well i went to a rheumy on friday and it was just a waste of time in my opinion. He did a physical exam (very brief) and stated that everyone of my joints were hypermobile (wow i thought i only had a few but nop every single one ). THen he said since it wasnt a mechanical (??) problem my OS will not be able to do anything for it and i pretty much just have to live with it. Okay the questions:
1)How can you tell the difference between hypermobility and HMS? Is it that HMS has a lot of pain associated with it? Cause if that is the only difference it is definatly HMS.
2) How do i go about getting a confirmed diagnosis? Does anyone know any good doctor in the southern ontario region?? My GP doesnt think i have anything wrong with me
3) I know that i have figured for a whiel that that is what is wrong with me but hearing a doctor say it is totally different, ever since I have felt really depressed (more so than normal) How do you deal with that? I mean i went out with friends and injured 2 fingers just trying to play a game of pool (billiards)!
my parents are still kinda just blowing it off, my dad jokingly calls me gimpy since i moved home. I was driving home today and actually started crying when a certain song came on the radio (Matchbox 20's unwell is not a good song to listen to when you feel depressed). Sorry this is rambling and not really asking much I just had to get it off my chest. I am goign to call the other rheumy i have an appt wiht (in december) to ask if she deals with hypermobility becuase if she doesnt i am not going to waste my time going. I am also goign to call my OS's office to get an appt to see what i am supposed to do now. Thank you everyone!
Posted by Shazinoz (Shazinoz), 26 May 2003
Hey Stacey ,
The main difference between Hypermobility and HMS is that Hypermobility is JUST the ability to have your joints move more than normal and doesn't usually cause pain unless you have a specific injury.
Where as HMS is Hypermobility + Symptoms (Especially Generalised Pain (for No real reason, or injury)) and also other things like Stomach problems and lots more.
Here is a link on HMS and also on the Brighton Score that tells you how to pick the difference.
You may also want to see a genetic councellor and Geneticist to see what they think and try to find a Rheumy who deals with Hypermobility issues and not just arthritis (ask on CEDA).
Hope this Helps
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