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Peggly

413d

How long did it take for a diagnosis for your eds? Everytime I go to the doctors they never sort it out they just forget to get in contact again or listen to what I say. Can anyone recommend any private doctors in the south-west UK?

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    • Peggly

      408d

      @Alicat07 Thankyou so much that’s super helpful! X

    • SharkBlood23

      410d

      I can't recommend a doctor because I'm in the United States. But it took 10 years of misdiagnosis.

    • Student_girl

      410d

      I got diagnosed when I was 16. A lot of doctors don’t know much about it.

    • Alicat07

      410d

      Hi there. I’m not 100% sure if he is still practicing but I highly recommend Prof Rodney Grahame, he’s fantastic and specialising in hypermobility and connective tissue disorders. On the other hand, stay far far away from spire healthcare and particularly stay away from Dr Jan Reiser, he’s one of those who witch hunts EDS and then diagnoses FII/munchausens. It took me 6 years from most symptoms appearing before getting diagnosed privately but I’d had symptoms relating to my joints all of my life, and it took my mum 45 years to get diagnosed and she only got diagnosed then because I did. Good luck! I’m open to messages if I can help in any way ☺️

      • Peggly

        408d

        @Alicat07 Thankyou so much that’s super helpful! X

    • Wednesday_7

      412d

      I’m not in the area, but it took about two months to see a specialist because there was some mix ups. Then she said in the PT referral that hEDS was possible (I forgot to mention like half my symptoms too), but I don’t start PT till February so it’s been like five months total of waiting.

    • outpickingdandelions

      412d

      It was about 2.5 years since I first suspected it. My PCP didn't know much about it, the first rheumatologist said it's normal to be hypermobile but he didnt know why I was in pain (and dismissed the idea of a connective tissue disease), but I specifically told the second rheumatologist that I suspected a connective tissue disease and then got dxed.

    • itsme_bee

      412d

      I’ve had the same problem with doctors! I’ve had one GP listen to me, but the rheumatologist she referred me to didn’t want to entertain it 🥲 I recently moved to the south-west so if you get any good advice I’d love to hear it ✨

      • Peggly

        410d

        @itsme_bee I’ll let you know if I manage to find a good rheumatologist/doc x

    • Fawwn

      412d

      I've had symptoms my whole life and have always been super flexible with lots of random pain - everyone always told me it was growing pains when I was younger until my m suggested eds at 15yrs, took 3 years to get a diagnosis of Heds but now they're thinking classical eds. Either way the one who finally got the ball rolling was a rheumatologist so ask specifically for a referral and if they refuse state that you'd like their refusal noted down

      • Peggly

        410d

        @Fawwn that’s a good shout, thanks

    • Brokenbodyclub

      412d

      For me I’m 18 now and have been symptomatic my whole life but slowly got super bad and my doctor sent me too a geneticist after figuring it out himself and I got an official diagnosis at 13 (I have two types) one by blood and one by physical symptoms. Takes longer if you not super symptomatic considering it’s very symptom based and (hEDS) and there are other things it could be that sometimes make more sense ( there’s a lot more symptoms then people think ) good luck love hope you figure things out!!💗

      • Peggly

        410d

        @Brokenbodyclub Thankyou! I think I just need to find a doc with an idea about it. Hope you’re doing okay x

    • Zebragirl

      412d

      that's intesting! I've never thought of that. Do they have a list of docs per region?

    • cartoonbean

      413d

      It took me about a year once I suspected that was what was going on. The first doctor diagnosed me with HSD and when I went for him to look again, he maintained the HSD diagnosis. I ended up going on the EDS society website and finding one of their recommended doctors.

    • Ouchlicia

      413d

      It took me 10 years of actively seeking some sort of diagnosis to receive a diagnosis for EDS, although I’ve always displayed symptoms of hypermobility (was a gymnast/ dancer) I saw just about every specialist there is. I switched primary doctors and she thought of it but didn’t know much and recommended a specialist. I got lucky and found a pain specialist with a interest in genetic disorders.

      • Peggly

        413d

        @Ouchlicia thanks I’m like you as well having been a dancer and the doctors always put pain to that annoyingly.

    • LuceH

      413d

      Hello, I ended up putting the pieces together and then reaching out to an EDS specialist in the Oxford area privately myself to gain my diagnosis as I was in the same never ending loop with my GP and doctors. Drop me a message and I can send some links over that I used (although a few might be different now as this was a few years ago, but I'm happy to go through the motions with you to find one in your area!)

      • Peggly

        413d

        @LuceH hey thanks this is super helpful! Oxfords not too far for me I’d be able to travel to that area if they’re still running, thanks

      • willownyx

        413d

        @LuceH oh this would be really helpful for me too since my GP has been no help

    • perpetually_bored

      413d

      I can't give doctor recommendations since I'm not in ur area but I'm 19 and have been symptomatic all of my life with proof that it is genetic in my family. It took until I was 14 for a proper diagnosis. If a doctor says that you are exaggerating pain you aren't. You will get through and someone will recognize it's eds eventually stay strong

      • Peggly

        413d

        @perpetually_bored thanks so much. It’s so annoying when they never think it’s as bad as it is. Hope you’re managing okay

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