It would be great if we could have a clear diagnostic test for the faulty genes in connective tissue disorders. Some such tests do exist for the extremely serious forms of EDS (eg Ehlers-Danlos Vascular, Type IV), but unfortunately not for the Ehlers-Danlos Type III which I have. But there are a few clinical ways in which EDS may be diagnosed. Try the following two tests:
Hypermobility is diagnosed if you can score at least 4 points on the Beighton scale, although this does not show the particular type of EDS you may have. Remember also that some people may score highly, but have excellent core stability in their bodies and no pain. Such people are hypermobile, but do not have EDS. EDS involves joint hypermobility and painful symptoms.
In the Brighton test EDS is diagnosed if there are:
two major criteria or
one major and two minor criteria or
four minor criteria.
Two minor criteria will be enough where there is an unequivocally affected first-degree relative.
(cf Hypermobility, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain, eds. AJ Hakim, R Keer, R Grahame, Elsevier, 2010, p. 4.)
THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE EDS?
If you think you might have, then feel free to download and print out the ten-page form I’ve created. You’ll find it under WHAT WILL MY DOCTOR THINK?