Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon in EDS

If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), you may experience periods of poor blood flow to your fingers and toes that turn them white or blue. These episodes are known as Raynaud’s phenomenon. Here is more information about this disorder, its relationship to EDS, and suggestions for managing it.

Orthopedic Problems in EDS

If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) you may experience a variety of issues related to muscles, bones and joints. Orthopedics is the medical specialty that deals with those problems. Following is more information about orthopedic problems affecting patients with EDS and how doctors may treat them. How EDS causes…

EDS and Puberty

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of rare genetic disorders that lead to connective tissue problems. EDS tends to occur much more frequently in women than men. A study in the U.K. looked at the medical records of more than 6,000 patients…

Reproductive Options for EDS Patients

If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and want to have biological children, you may be worried about passing the disease on to them or how the disease could affect your pregnancy. Here is information about the disease, pregnancy, and your reproductive options. How is EDS inherited? Children can inherit EDS…

EDS and Your Skin

Skin issues are common to people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Here is more information about how EDS can affect your skin, as well as some ways in which you can manage these problems. How may EDS affect your skin? Although specific symptoms vary, most types of EDS have some degree…

Your EDS Treatment Team

If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), you may need to see a multidisciplinary treatment team, in addition to your primary care physician, to treat the symptoms you may experience. Because EDS primarily affects the connective tissues of the body, the resulting changes in those tissues can lead to symptoms…

EDS and Anesthesia Risks

Patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) may need to undergo medical procedures that require anesthesia. Here is information about the different forms of anesthesia, how the condition may complicate their use, and precautions physicians should take. What is anesthesia? Anesthesia involves the use of medications to prevent or reduce…

Alert Cards for Patients With EDS

If you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), you may want to consider carrying a medical alert card with you. These alert cards can help reduce the risk of further injury in an emergency. What is EDS? EDS is a group of genetic disorders that result in defects in the structure…

Hypermobile EDS vs. Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

In the past, there have been several different terms used to describe patients with joint hypermobility (JH) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). A new framework for classification was proposed by the Ehlers-Danlos Society in 2017 for patients with joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) and hypermobile EDS (hEDS). This classification system…