Like IBS and Fibromyalgia, (which happen to both be highly comorbid in this population and probably results of having a CTD), the HSDs are a diagnosis of exclusion.
And all doctors have seen HSD patients already – we are the frequent flyers in your offices in fact, thanks to so many “issues with our tissues”.
You just usually get us after we’ve aged prematurely and come down with arthritis, falling arches, weak teeth, thin skin, neuromas, detached retinas, etc. As some wise person once quipped (we don’t know exactly whom to credit yet):
“If you can’t connect the issues, think connective tissues.”
Anonymous, quoted by Dr. Heidi Collins in her 2014 talk of the same title
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