Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So, what can you do to treat these GI problems related to hypermobility? One trick is to decrease the amount of fat in your diet - when consuming dairy, choose items made from 2%, skim, or fat-free milk. Another trick is to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day - instead of eating a large breakfastt lunch and dinner, eat a small meal when you wake up, a follow-up snack an hour or two later, a light lunch, another snack around 4pm, and a lighter dinner later in the evening. Spacing your meals out like this should make your digestion easier and more regular.
For those suffering from severe, chronic stomach problems, it is extremely important to adopt a fiber and laxative regiment. I highly recommend reading Cure Constipation Now: A Doctor's Fiber Therapy to Cleanse and Heal by Dr. Wes Jones (available on Amazon.com). This book provides a simple plan for introducing fiber and laxatives into your diet, and it works wonders! My mom has suffered from horrible stomach problems her entire life, and after being on Dr. Jones' regiment for only a few months her IBS symptoms are almost entirely gone! It has been a real miracle for her - IBS symptoms have been interfering with her life, dictating what she can eat and what she can do for years. Now, with this fiber regiment, she is no longer a slave to her stomach. I too have tried it and am amazed by the results - I take fiber supplements (Benefiber and/or Metamucil), stool softeners (Ducolax), laxitives (Miralax), and Magnesium supplements every day. It may sound like a lot, but if you stick to the regimine, it will pay you back ten-fold. You should not start taking these supplements abruptly, however, but instead talk to your doctor or consult Dr. Jones' book to learn how to gradually introduce your body to these supplements. Also, if you are having severe stomach problems, it is always important to talk to your doctor to make sure they are not caused by a more serious condition like Colon cancer.
Hope that helps!
Monday, December 27, 2010
I can't wait to hear from you!
Love and Hope,
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This app takes you step by step through the Beighton Criteria, the most authoritative test used to diagnose generalized joint hypermobility or laxity. The app features pictures of each movement tested, an explanation of how the Beighton Criteria is used, and narration by Dr. Brad Tinkle himself. The app also includes movements not included on the official Beighton criteria, but which are extremely useful when trying to diagnose HMS.
I would highly recommend that every HMS patient download this app (compatible with iPhone and iPad and its free!) to learn a little bit more about the condition. Then, bring your iPod to work, school, or just out and about and test your coworkers, friends, and family to see if they may have one of the major symptoms of HMS (NOTE: This app cannot diagnose Hypermobility Syndrome, instead, it screens for generalized joint hypermobility, a symptom which can be caused by a number of connective tissue diseases, HMS being chief among these). Also, encourage your doctors - GPs, Physical Therapists, Orthopedists, OBGYNs, Rheumatologists - to download this app as well. This will not only help them understand you and your medical concerns more, but will also help them spot Hypermobility Syndrome in their other patients.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Below is a list of physical therapy clinics in
Physical therapy is critical to managing the symptoms of Hypermobility Syndrome, but must be approached with caution. I saw a PT for months but ended up with more, rather than less pain – but I was told that was a good thing. The whole ‘no pain no gain’ mentality, however, does not apply to HMS. You need to find a therapist that is kind, attentive, and who will not push you too hard. It can be hard and sometimes take time to find a therapist like that, but it is well worth the wait. Before entering PT, do some shopping around so that you know you are going to get the right person and the right treatment.
Best of Luck! And remember, if you have any questions about physical therapy, or HMS in general, feel free to contact me.
Love and Hope,
MOUNTAIN PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES
Hope Mills, 28348
TOUCH THERAPY SERVICES
PO Box 16518
Asheville, NC 28816
KERNSERSVILLE REHAB SPECIALISTS
1031 E. Mountain Street Blv
Kernsersville, NC 27284
CENTER FOR ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
BALANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY
GASTON REHAB ASSOCIATES, INC.
And: 2809 AMITY HILL
BREAKTHROUGH PHYSICAL THERAPY
MOTIONWORKS MANUAL PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC.
SPORTS AND MORE PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC.
8300 HEALTH PARK SUITE 127
PHYSICAL THERAPY OF
ATHLETIC ADVANTAGE, INC. SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY
ATLANTIC PT AND REHABILITATION
MARTHA LEWIS PT
MILLS RIVER PHYSICAL THERAPY
CENTER FOR PERFECT BALANCE
SKYLAND FAMILY REHAB
CEDAR HILL PHYSICAL THERAPY
PAUL WEISS and ANGELA COOK
KATHERINE J. GRIESSER
Monday, January 18, 2010
Anyone with EDS type III/HEDS/HMS/BJHS is welcome to take the survey (you do NOT have to be a member of the EDNF), and please encourage your hypermobile friends and familymembers to participate as well. Under the 'diagnosis' column please select 'other' and then enter 'Hypermobility Hope' if this website has helped you find answers to your diagnostic questions, it will be much appreciated!
The survey can be found here and takes about 45 mintues: http://www.ednf.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1862&Itemid=88889153