They used to tease her, saying, “You’re clumsy, you always fall. Stand up “. And she suffered because of it, she was desperate. She was angry with herself. Until he made the dramatic discovery. In fact, Chloe Cullen, 26, suffered from a rare disease. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. An inherited collagen disease characterized by joint hypermobility. Which, among other things, does not allow her to go as she pleases.
Malformation in the femur, which little Marcello successfully operated on. Home after six months
This means that his body can be distorted in a variety of ways. His feet can turn inward at a 45-degree angle. It was their hypermobile joints that caused them to fall on countless occasions. Once she also broke both ankles after a fall. A disability that also causes severe pain in the joints and constipation. Conditions that can last up to six weeks at a time without giving her a break.
The girl granted a long interview to the tabloid a The mirror: «My fingers are more flexible than other people’s, when I hold my hands straight they lift more. I can also bring my thumb back and touch my wrist. My knees go in, as do my feet. I’ve lost count of the number of falls I’ve had in my life.”
“They always thought I was clumsy, precisely because of the falls, but of course it was Ehlers Danlos – says the girl – I broke both ankles playing mini golf in 2017. They gave in. It was very painful. Now I have to wear the anklets when I go for a walk ».
Chloé, from LowestoftSuffolk says the syndrome also causes constant pain in her joints: “That’s the biggest problem I have — he stresses — I take painkillers every day, but they’re not enough to completely eliminate the pain.” When she was younger Doctors and relatives thought she was simply suffering from “growing pains,” she said. The disease also causes her constipation: “A lot of people with Ehlers Danlos have problems with their digestive system,” she says.
when the syndrome appeared
None of his relatives were diagnosed with his inherited disability. His symptoms didn’t get worse until he was 20. Finally, in April, she finally found out from a rheumatologist that she had the syndrome.