Fact #10: In many cases those with EDS do not respond to local anaesthetic properly or at all. This may mean complete failure of the anaesthetic to freeze the intended area, a much lower amount of numbness, or a much shorter duration of effect. (I am one of those people and this can result in some fairly traumatizing medical procedures – especially when doctors won’t take your word for it).
Fact #11: Possible cardiovascular manifestations of EDS include valvular heart disease (such as valvular incompetance) as well as artery dilation (the weakening of the walls of certain arteries, and/or veins, more commonly associated with certain types of EDS). For those at risk an annual echocardiogram is recommended in order to monitor the heart and aorta and to help prevent more serious complications by early intervention if needed.
Fact #12: EDS is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder (apart from types 6 and 7C) meaning if a parent has the disorder they have a 50/50 percent chance of passing it onto each child they have. Not everyone with EDS has inherited the disorder from a parent though. It is estimated that about half of those with EDS received it via what’s known as “spontanues mutation”. This is when the eds causing gene becomes mutated all on it’s own. But, once the gene mutation is in the family from then on it carries the 50/50 chance of being passed on. The gene can only be inherited from a parent, it does not skip generations.
Fact #13: EDS widely varies in severity and the onset of symptoms is often gradual. Oftentimes a diagnosis is only made when after many years of unexplained symptoms there become enough to connect the dots back to the disorder. Because of the limited awareness of the disorder among doctors the road to diagnosis can be agonizingly slow and frustrating. The link between symptoms can often go unrecognized entirely.