Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Type III – Hypermobile

Are You a Bruiser?

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EDS Type III – Hypermobile

As a child in the 1970s when health supplements became all the rage, my mom was convinced that I had a serious Vitamin C deficiency because of how easily I bruised and how long I stayed bruised. No matter how much Vitamin C I consumed, though, those two bruising issues never improved.

As far as I know, I do not have the vascular type of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). In fact, I do not even know if it is possible for one person to have more than one type of EDS, although I have seen at least one authority on the subject refer to an overlapping of symptoms from multiple types of EDS. He, a dermatologist, explained that bruising occurs in EDS3 patients more as a result of fragile capillaries in the skin, as well as “poor structural integrity of the skin rather than a clotting abnormality.” This information was a revelation to me, since I wondered how I could bruise so easily and yet show no unusual bleeding symptoms.

My left shin is still sporting bruises bigger than a fifty-cent piece that are a result of a fall I had more than two-and-a-half years ago. They are still visible enough that people are shocked and ask in horror, “What happened to your leg?!?”

Filé in Front, Gumbo in Back

I had been wrongly accusing my poor, sweet 14-pound puppy for causing paw-sized bruises spotting my thighs, belly, and forearms. Now I realize the bruises are due to handling my laptop computer!

My bruising is starting to get worse. I have always gotten huge and hideous bruises whenever I have had blood work done or gotten an I.V. Now, however, the back of my left hand just bruised very badly from washing my hands, and I am not an aggressive hand-washer. My concern is that the blood vessels that are being compromised are the blood vessels that health care providers usually are forced to use for critical access to my veins. So if I have another accident, okay, when I have another accident, the medical staff will experience even more difficulty in finding a usable vein. If you have had EDS3 for a number of years, you know this is a serious problem.

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