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Rare chronic inflammatory disease involving the small blood vessels. It is characterized by mucocutaneous ulceration in the mouth and genital region. The neuro-ocular form may cause blindness and death.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disease, affecting collagen. Joints are very flexible and skin is loose and fragile.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons which is typically aggravated by inactivity or exposure to cold. There is significant overlap between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is most frequent in females aged 20 to 50 years.
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Hypermobility Syndrome as defined by The Hypermobility Association (UK):
Connective tissue proteins such as collagen give the body its intrinsic toughness. When they are differently formed, the results are mainly felt in the "moving parts" - the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments - which are laxer and more fragile than is the case for most people. The result is joint laxity with hypermobility and with it comes vulnerability to the effects of injury.
The Hypermobility Syndrome is said to exist when symptoms are produced, a state of affairs that may affect only a minority of hypermobile people. It is probably more correct to refer to Hypermobility Syndromes (in the plural) as a family of related genetically-based conditions which differ not only in the particular protein affected, but also in the degree of difference of formation. Thus at one end of the spectrum are the diseases with the potentially serious complications such as Marfans Syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Vascular Type (formally EDS IV). At the other end are what is now called on good evidence Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS) and Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobile Type (formerly EDS III), which may be one and the same. These may cause troublesome and persistent problems, but do not affect the vital organs and thus do not pose a serious threat to life.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus. For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.
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Marfan Syndrome is an inherited disorder of connective tissue which affects many organ systems including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels.
Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune disease which can cause fibrosis (or hardening) of the skin and internal organs. This can cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, Raynaud's disease and pulmonary fibrosis.