My name is Charlie, I'm a 22 year old female from the UK.
From since I can remember I aways been 'bendy' it was almost like a party trick when I was a kid!
When I was 15 I had a skiing accident which left me with a grade 2 acl tear, torn meniscus to my right knee as well as a labral tear in my left hip.
I also suffer with sciatica in my left leg which leaves me with burning pain all the way to my toes.
This is the easy stuff to explain because people know what injuries are.
However when I try to explain to people that I'm hypermobile they look at me as if I've just told them I've killed their cat!
I know hypermobility makes me more prone to soft tissue injuries, such as listed above as well as a grade 2 slap tear to my right shoulder, which makes me shoulder dislocate daily.
The part that people don't understand is the constant fatigue, the dull aching feeling I have all over & the stiff joints. I'm always told 'stop being lazy' 'you're not in pain' 'what's wrong with you?'
It's so hard to explain something you can't see. Normal daily tasks feel like they take 10 times more effort. My job means I'm stood on my feet for up to 10 hours a day. As soon as I'm home all I want to do is sleep. I never have energy.
I hate it, but how do you fix something you can't see?
I'd give anything to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
I get really down about this because I feel like no one believes me, like I'm making it up! Who wants to pretend to feel like this?!
My injuries have been treated with physio, operations and daily pain relief but still the hypermobility never goes away. It's with you in everything you do, every day.
I score 8/9 on Beighton's score.
Anyone else hypermobile and feel the same way I do?
Thank you, Charlie.