Sorry if this has been posted before. I didn't see it.
While this: http://boards.medscape.com/forums?14@@.2a304a60!comment=1&show=results
is the direct link, I'm pretty sure you have to be a member of Medscape to read it. Since it's a free registration I'm going to quote the relevant part here:
"Human Genome and Clinical Diagnosis: The Yin and the Yang
Is It Fibromyalgia or Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility Syndrome?
Bruce Buehler, MD, Pediatrics, General, 11:21AM Mar 19, 2012
Fibromyalgia remains an enigma for diagnosis and testing. No specific cause or gene has been isolated. Often it is the diagnosis of exclusion after an extensive medical workup. Recently, patients with Ehlers Danlos syndrome type 1 have been shown to have many of the physical complaints associated with fibromyalgia.
Ehlers Danlos type 1 has a specific gene test. The main clinical features are excessively soft, elastic skin that heals poorly after injury. There is looseness of all the joints with dislocation of the knees, elbows, and shoulders being common. The underlying cause is abnormal collagen causing loose ligaments and poor skin integrity.
Type 3 Ehlers Danlos, also known as hypermobilty type, has the same symptoms but there is no genetic test available yet. The clinical findings to determine type 3 include, ciigarette paper scars that are translucent, and a history of joint dislocation after minor lifting. Patients have weak ankles and often experience sprains just walking. Patients can easily push their thumbs back to touch their wrists and younger patients can place there feet behind their heads. Finally, patients can place their hands flat on the floor when bending from the waist. Many patients have mitral valve prolapse.
Patients with Ehlers Danlos hypermobility syndrome experience joint pain, especially after standing or lifting. They have a feeling of pain in their skin, which has not yet been explained. Due to joint mobility, they develop artritis in their late 20s. Many of these symptoms mimic fibromyalagia, but treatment is quite different. Specific medications are used for fibromyalagia, whereas for Ehlers Danlos the treatment is intensive physical therapy and analgesics. Physical therapy is focused on strengthening the muscles above the joints while not stretching the ligaments. Skin lacerations should include subcutaneous sutures, trying to avoid suturing the skin alone."
He closed with a link to the EDNF. I know a lot of doctors, especially young ones, utilize Medscape and find it helpful. (Usally for drug info, but I hope for the other content as well.) There was a poll that asked: Do you test for EDS in patients who present with symptoms of Fibromyalgia? Of 37 docs, 25 said no, 8 said yes and 4 said 'other.'