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The masseuse who pulled my arm out

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Angela Clarke
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Aug 18

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Funny, poignant tale of a patient with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome who was injured by a massage therapist. Great illustrations, too! Here’s an excerpt about her medical history:

It’s genetic. I got it from my mum. Worst birthday present ever. While some people with EDS have no complications, other than being super-flexible, I get chronic pain, frequent dislocations, and mobility issues. Mum, on the other hand, got straight into advanced yoga. There were no signs when I was a kid, except I could put my feet over my head and dislocate my little finger and then pop it back in. In my 20s things started to go awry. First my feet hurt, then my knees, then my ankles stopped working, then my legs. Huge bruises would appear from nowhere and I wouldn’t be able to walk without clutching onto the nearest person or wall. This went on for six years. First they thought it was arthritis, then they thought it was multiple sclerosis, then lupus, then arthritis again, then fibromyalgia. When they ran out of things to test for, they figured there was only one thing left - hypochondria. They treated me like a Victorian lady with a case of the vapours.

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  3. Hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

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