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Lena Dunham reveals battle with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Lena Dunham revealed on Instagram this weekend that she has been dealing with a flare-up of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a continual sickness that weakens connective tissues and impacts the pores and skin, joints and blood vessel partitions. The Golden Globe-winning actress made her revelation alongside a paparazzi picture which captured her strolling to a automotive in her nightgown and slippers with assistance from a cane.

“I may select to be embarrassed by these paparazzi pics – I imply, that’s most likely the purpose of somebody publishing them within the first place – however I’m actually not,” she stated. “I may lie and say it was an early Halloween look (Don’t you get it? I’m going as a con girl leaving a Florida Keys jail after being acquitted of murdering her husband, and now she’s making an attempt to get incapacity license plates.) However the reality is simply: That is what life is like after I’m struggling most with continual sickness.

“An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare implies that I want assist from extra than simply my buddies… so thanks, candy cane!” she wrote. “For years, I resisted doing something that may make my bodily scenario simpler, insisting {that a} cane would ‘make issues bizarre.’ However it’s a lot much less bizarre to truly be capable to take part than to remain in mattress all day.”

EDS is estimated to have an effect on about 1 in 5,000 individuals worldwide, based on the U.S. Nationwide Library of Medication. It’s a gaggle of inherited issues that weaken connective tissues, that are proteins that assist pores and skin, bones, blood vessels and different organs. Signs range from delicate to life-threatening and might embody unfastened joints, fragile, small blood vessels, irregular scar formation and wound therapeutic and tender, velvety pores and skin that bruises simply, based on MedLinePlus.gov.

There isn’t any treatment for EDS, with remedy usually involving the administration of signs and might embody bodily remedy and medicines.

Dunham wrote that she was on her strategy to a health care provider’s appointment when the picture was snapped and was sporting her nightgown as a result of she “needed to be totally cozy.”

“I imply, didn’t Bieber put on lodge slippers for all times 5 years?” she wrote. “Yeah, so I can put on my glamour nighty for 2 hours. After which an hour later, I’m in a gathering look tackling the job I like. That’s the two-fold lifetime of a girl with continual sickness; we nonetheless rock our desires and objectives and passions (and fashions) and we dwell many lives in at some point. Inform me about your day!”

It’s not the primary time Dunham has used her platform to unfold consciousness for a medical trigger. To mark endometriosis consciousness month in March, she uploaded a photograph to Instagram of her 12 scars on her stomach and the corresponding dates of surgical procedures, which embody a hysterectomy and surgical procedure to take away her left ovary. She’s additionally been open about sobriety and managing her anxiousness.

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