(You’ve probably noticed that I started grouping up the EDS facts instead of doing them once a day – this is because many of them make more sense together, when read one after the other.)
Fact #18: Possible dental manifestations of EDS include a high palate, crowded teeth, gum disease and hypermobile tongue. Those with EDS are also more prone to cavities as well as weakness of both the enamel and tooth roots.
Fact #19: EDS can cause chronic debilitating pain throughout the entire body. Whether from chronic, repeated joint subluxations and dislocations or degenerative joint disease, this is often easily the most difficult aspect of daily life with EDS.
Fact #20: EDS can cause several gastrointestinal complications, one of the more serious being gastroparesis meaning: partial paralysis of the stomach causing food to remain in the stomach for longer than normal or preventing the stomach from emptying entirely.
Fact #21: When EDS is suspected it’s important to be thouroughly evaluated by a team of specialists such as an opthalmologist, geneticist, orthopedist and most importantly a cardiologist. It’s also important that those specialists be familiar and knowledgeable of connective tissue disorders such as EDS.