The Hypermobility Syndromes Association
The HMSA aims to provide support and information to those affected by a Hypermobility Syndrome and to promote knowledge and understanding within the medical community and the public at large. We hope to assist sufferers to come to terms with their HMS and the distress that it can cause. The severity of the effects of a Hypermobility Syndrome varies with the individual: some have few symptoms others are severely affected. Hypermobility Syndromes are generally 'invisible illnesses' and because of this we can look well to the outside world but are often in severe pain. Moreover the nature of hypermobile joints combined with frail tissues means that we are prone to injury when performing simple everyday tasks. This opens us to skepticism, particularly by those in the medical profession who know little about HMS. The pain, stress and frustration can lead to depression: thus depression can often be mistaken as the cause of the illness, not a result of it.