In my 30’s, I finally learned that I have a genetic hypermobility condition. It explains why I’ve struggled with chronic pain at different points in my life— not just in term of my SI joints, but throughout other parts of the body as well.
Now, I know my experience is actually pretty common for someone with a hypermobility disorder.
What is a hypermobility disorder?
When you’re genetically hypermobile, it means your body makes connective tissue a little bit differently. This means certain tissues within your body, such as ligaments and tendons, aren’t quite as strong as they were meant to be.
People with hypermobility may experience a range of different symptoms. In some cases, the hypermobility can be limited to the joints, causing musculoskeletal pain.
In others, some of the other systems of the body can also be affected, such as the cardiovascular and digestive systems. We don’t often think about it, but we have connective tissue all throughout our body.
Once I discovered I was hypermobile, a whole new world opened up for me.
Knowing what I know now, I can see hypermobility is often a theme for many of my clients. We are the ones who are more likely to be told we’re the problem case– the one our PT’s don’t know how to help.
The good news is that we aren’t broken, and that there are answers for us.
That’s why I’m doing my best to bring awareness now.
If you are hypermobile, there is so much you can do. There are specialized treatment recommendations that can make a huge difference. It’s kind of like SI joint dysfunction, where the key is knowing what to start looking for.
That’s why I’m sharing everything I’ve learned with you. Here are some posts that explain more about this part of my story– more to come!
Seeing a geneticist to get my diagnosis: