Who’s Looking After The Zebras?

Rebecca Bradley

When you hear hoofbeats think horses not zebras.

That’s what medical students are taught during training.

What does this mean?

Ehlers-Danlos Awareness MonthThat, when you have a patient with a list of symptoms, reach for the more common, more likely diagnosis, rather than the rare diagnosis.

Because the rarer diagnosis sticks in the mind more easily, students tend to reach for it, maybe more often than they should, so this phrase was started and has stuck. But the problem is, that is has stuck so hard that doctors don’t even consider that they could have a zebra in front of them. And even if that zebra is a real, genuinely diagnosed zebra, they can still be disbelieving.

This is difficult to get used to.

The Ehlers-Danlos charities and Hypermobility charities around the world have adopted the zebra as their mascot because of what it represents.

May is Ehlers-Danlos Awareness month. And because…

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