27. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is actually a name for a group of genetic disorders, which means that they can be inherited. The syndrome mainly affects the connective tissues, including the muscles, ligaments, skin, tendons, bones, blood vessels, and internal organs. Most of these disorders include stretchy skin, fragile skin that bruises easily, and an increased range of joint movement called hypermobility. You would think that being extremely flexible would be a good thing, but it can be quite debilitating.
This is because it is easy for the joints to become dislocated easily and can be painful. For this reason, certain activities have to be avoided to prevent this from happening. Doctors recommend protective gear to prevent strain on the joints from occurring. Physical therapy and medication for pain are usually the only treatment options for this syndrome.