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Jameela Jamil, known for her role in Good Place and for calling on celebrities for unhealthy advertising, recently announced a video with herself on Instagram with the caption: "I'm fine." While it looked like she was just walking around, a fan commented on the video and asked if she had the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a rare connective tissue disorder that causes extra-elastic skin and excessive flexible joints. Very subtly, she answered "yes" to confirm her diagnosis.
This seems to be the first time that Jamil has said anything about EDS, but had previously pointed out her symptoms. Last year, someone asked, "What's the fork?" In a photo of her overstretched elbow, to which she replied, "My arm is extremely s exy!" (Relatives: Jameela Jamil wants you to know that she's more than just one Hater for celebrities)
My arm is extremely sexy! https://t.co/BckMC9HXZq[19659006-JameelaJamil(@jameelajamil) October 2, 2018
So what exactly is EDS, you might ask? It turns out that this term is used to describe a group of connective tissue disorders that all have their own specific symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health. In fact, there are 13 known subtypes of the disease that affect all areas of the body where connective tissue is present – skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and organs.
Some people may experience a slight relaxation of skin that is not cause for concern (which is the case for Jamil, at least because of their IG subtitles), others may have visually obvious symptoms like the Sara Guerts model. Her EDS is so strong that her skin looks fragile and wrinkled – and she has chosen to use photos of her skin to alert her to the rare condition. EDS can also manifest in a more complicated manner and lead to life-threatening complications, such as: B. Unpredictable rupture of organs such as the heart, blood vessels, intestines and uterus during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for EDS, and the treatment, which usually includes physiotherapy and high-dose painkillers, is often used to alleviate the symptoms to avoid further complications, the Mayo Clinic said.
It is unclear which subtype of EDS Jamil it may have at the moment, but at least it deals with loose skin and very flexible joints. Given her openness in social media, Jamil will likely share more details about her condition in the future.