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New Study Using Solve Real-World Data (RWD) Examines Joint Hypermobility in People with ME/CFS

A new study published in the Autonomic Disorders section of Frontiers in Neurology uses data collected by Solve to identify a possible ME/CFS disease subgroup.

Do People with ME/CFS and Joint Hypermobility Represent a Disease Subgroup? An Analysis Using Registry Data,” by Kathleen Mudie, Allison Ramiller, Sadie Whittaker, Leslie E. Phillips is the first publication using data from Solve’s You+ME registry.

In this study of 815 individuals with ME/CFS, Solve researchers explored the connection between ME/CFS and joint hypermobility using Solve’s You+ME participant data platform, where patients report their health experiences. They found that some people with ME/CFS also have joint hypermobility, a condition in which the joints easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. In multiple domains, those with joint hypermobility experienced more severe ME/CFS symptoms, including worse physical function and more pain, highlighting a potential subgroup within ME/CFS patients that may benefit from special attention. 

The findings from this study are crucial for several reasons:

Personalized Care:
Understanding that joint hypermobility may be correlated with the severity of ME/CFS means doctors might start looking for this condition more carefully, offering more personalized and effective treatment plans.

Improved Diagnosis:
This research points to the need for comprehensive assessments for ME/CFS patients, potentially leading to quicker and more accurate diagnoses for those with joint hypermobility.

Future Treatments:
By identifying subgroups within ME/CFS patients, researchers can target these groups in future studies, potentially leading to new, more precise, and effective treatments.

Interestingly, the COVID Symptom Study Biobank in the UK recently found that individuals with hypermobile joints are 30% more likely to experience a prolonged recovery from COVID-19, highlighting an additional association of joint hypermobility with infection-associated chronic conditions and illnesses, such as Long Covid. 


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