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The information provided by this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own healthcare providers. These resources are not a substitute for medical advice to treat, diagnose or cure any medical condition. Check with your doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan. Minors should consult with their parent or legal guardian regarding their healthcare. 

Wisconsin Integrative Pain Specialists acknowledges that medicine is a rapidly changing field. New treatments and therapies are constantly developed and we would would welcome any new information, suggestions or corrections to this material.

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Anesthesia and Surgery Precautions

As a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Linda Bluestein is a specialist in the special needs of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patients in the perioperative period. View the WIPS EDS Anesthesia and Surgery Precautions Card for a summary of some recommendations for this population. This document can be shared with surgical staff prior to a procedure. 

Pain Management in Patients With Hypermobility Disorders: Frequently Missed Causes of Chronic Pain

Read Dr. Bluestein's article on hypermobility disorders and frequently missed causes of chronic pain, published in Topics in Pain Management (Vol. 32, No. 12). This article is especially useful for physicians looking to improve their knowledge of hypermobility disorders.

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Diagnostic Checklist

Find detailed information on diagnostic criteria for Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). 

How to Take Vitamins and Minerals for Proper Absorption

Learn more about how to take vitamin or mineral supplements to achieve proper absorption and effectiveness. This is especially useful for those taking multiple supplements at once. 

Free Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and related disorders can cause a multitude of widespread and seemingly unconnected symptoms. These frequently missed causes of chronic pain are often misunderstood and under appreciated by healthcare professionals. Dr. Bluestein has been actively involved in spreading awareness about these complex conditions that can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Below is a link to the first online EDS CME program for physicians that was created by Dr. Bluestein and Chronic Pain Partners, an international non-profit for which she serves as the Volunteer Medical Consultant. Dr. Bluestein is also a Volunteer Medical Consultant for EDS WIsconsin.

Hypermobility Disorders

Excessive joint laxity (joint hypermobility, JH) can be an asset in some professions, but can also be a liability. Anyone can have joint hypermobility, but it is especially common amongst dancers, gymnasts, musicians and athletes. Much of the time joint hypermobility (JH) does not cause problems, but JH can be associated with chronic pain, fatigue and other symptoms throughout the body. Severity of symptoms, as well as distribution of joint hypermobility, can vary widely. There are numerous conditions that cause JH, some of which fall under the category of Heredity Disorders of Connective Tissue (HDCT). There are numerous subtypes of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), with 80-90% of patients having the hypermobility type (hEDS). Some patients have symptomatic generalized joint hypermobility, yet do not meet the criteria for hEDS. These patients likely have Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). The 2017 Classification of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related disorders describes the diagnostic criteria in great detail and provides updated treatment guidelines.

 

Dr. Bluestein has a special interest in JH, EDS, HSD and related disorders. She is a Medical Consultant for the international non-profit 501(c)(3) Chronic Pain Partners and helped to create the first online EDS CME (Continuing Medical Education) program and still serves as the program's Medical Director.

EDS Wellness

EDS Wellness is a 501(c)3 non-profit with excellent resources for patients who want to live their best life with hypermobility disorders. EDS Wellness offers a variety of programming for patients and medical professionals.  Dr. Bluestein serves as their Director of Education.

EDS Wisconsin

The Mission of EDS Wisconsin, Inc. ("Strengthening Connections") is to "provide support and resources to Wisconsin patients and medical professionals about Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related conditions via education and research". 

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Tel: 715-600-1722
601 S 32nd Ave
Wausau, WI 54401
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Dr. Bluestein's approach is helpful for anyone suffering from chronic or persistent pain by thoroughly assessing each person's unique challenges and tailoring the intervention to meet the specific needs of each individual. 

Tel: 715-600-1722
4203 Schofield Avenue, Suite 2
Weston, WI 54476
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