Some Connecticut patients who become frustrated when their physicians cannot explain their symptoms might in some cases have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This hereditary condition influences the connective tissues of the body by changing the production of collagen. Major symptoms include extremely flexible joints, stretchy skin and persistent bruises.
These conditions could lead to long-term pain. One expert at the Mayo Clinic said that physicians often misdiagnose EDS as fibromyalgia. Because most physicians possess no knowledge of EDS, they might also attribute symptoms to chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or depression. Physicians even consider some patients to have hypochondria and dismiss their complaints.
Medical experts estimate that perhaps one in 2,000 to 5,000 people suffer from EDS. Others speculate that the hypermobility form of EDS could be present in as many as one in 500 to 1,000 people. When people have EDS that goes unrecognized, they are at risk of experiencing physical damage from improper treatments.
With so little widely known about EDS, most people with the condition wait an average of 20 years to get a proper diagnosis. This delay demonstrates the potential harm that patients could endure when they cannot get an accurate care. A person whose condition worsens because of a physician’s failure to diagnose a disease might have suffered from malpractice. If the person wants to take legal action, then an attorney could enlist an independent medical expert to review the patient’s records. If evidence indicates that the physician did not meet the accepted standards of care, then the attorney might prepare a lawsuit seeking appropriate compensation.