A lot of you might not have heard of hypermobility. I certainly hadn’t before I got diagnosed with it in July 2011. For as long as
So what is hypermobility? Hypermobility is just where your joints are just extra bendy..like the photo below.
It doesn’t hurt me to do that. I can also bend my thumb back to touch my
Hypermobility syndrome is a little bit different. It’s where you also get pain with the bendiness. And this is what I have. After many blood tests,
So why am I telling you this? Not much is known about hypermobility and I’d like to spread awareness. It did affect my pregnancy and ultimately, the way I gave birth. I had to be under consultant care as well as a midwife (although it didn’t help much at all!) and I developed
After having Henry, I didn’t have any pain for ages. I thought that having him had maybe stretched my joints and strengthened them too. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. About 6 months after his birth, I started aching again. It wasn’t as bad but it’s been getting progressively worse since. I’ve been prescribed strong painkillers and I also have sleeping tablets to help me fall into a deep sleep to refresh my joints. Obviously, I can’t take these because I’m a mum and I’m on call 24/7.
As you know, I had a car accident last month and I’m currently undergoing physio. Unfortunately, I don’t think my physio knows I have hypermobility (despite me mentioning it at my assessment appointment). After my physio appointments, I’m in so much pain, I can barely walk. Like today, I couldn’t even peel a potato because standing up hurt and my fingers and wrists ached.
Sometimes it makes me feel like a bad mum. Some days, I can’t leave the house and I do rely heavily on the TV to keep Henry amused while I have to rest. The pain can make me extremely grumpy too so I can snap at him for no reason. I would love to be one of these mums who can play for hours with their child, take them to the park and just be with them. But I can’t. Henry won’t sit with me to watch a film, he wants to explore haha! Things won’t get better, I just have to adjust and make it work.
Not enough is done/known about this condition. After my diagnosis, my