Hypermobility Syndromes are likely more common that most would think. Below is a list of some possible signs and symptoms of hypermobility. These signs are not a means of diagnosis and if you or someone you care about suspects they have a hypermobility syndrome, diagnosis should always be given by a trained medical professional that is knowledgeable of these disorders.
- Joint hypermobility- Joints that “slip” (subluxing) in and out of place easily. Hypermobile joints are often much less stable, prone to sprains, strains, and dislocations.
- Pain and fatigue- Acute pain associated with “overdoing” things. Sustained pain due to amplification of sensation in the peripheral nerves and spinal cord, is also common. Fatigue, a severe form of tiredness above and beyond what is normally felt, and persists despite rest or a proper nights sleep. Easy muscle fatigue is also common because muscles have to work twice as hard to carry out the same tasks.
- Skin symptoms- The skin may tear/bruise easily, and be slow to heal. Scarring is often stretched, thin and wrinkled. Stretch marks may also appear at a young age.
- Autonomic dysfunction- This may manifest as sensations of feeling dizzy, faint, or even passing out. Heart palpitations (most often when changing position, standing up etc.), difficulty maintaining body temperature, shortness of breath, chest pain and headaches.