How MedicAlert can help you

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We know that living with an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can be stressful

We know that being diagnosed with any of the 13 Ehlers-Danlos syndromes can be overwhelming. Depending on the type of EDS, it may affect you in a number of ways - from hypermobility and skin that can bruise and break easily, to digestive problems and fragile blood vessels.


Whilst it is important to be careful about activities that may put you at risk of injury, it's equally important to not be overprotective and live an otherwise normal life1. As a charity, MedicAlert provides the peace of mind to be active and join in, keeping you safe in an emergency.

"My MedicAlert bracelet has given me freedom to go off on adventures on my own." - Carolyn Smith

How MedicAlert can help you

In an emergency, every second truly counts. MedicAlert speaks for you when you can't, ensuring that paramedics and first responders are aware of your diagnosis and the risks it may pose. 
MedicAlert ID allows access to your medical information, including all conditions, history and any medications you may take.

During an emergency

When every moment matters, you may be unable to speak or recall your vital information in a stressful, unexpected situation.

MedicAlert supports you

Your jewellery will alert emergency professionals to your most crucial information through the custom-engraving on the back of your disc.

by relaying information

Additional information can be accessed, such as medications, next-of-kin contact info, specialist clinic details or important documents.

for fast accurate treatment

Risks of error and complications are heavily reduced, ultimately helping you to get back on your feet and back to normality.

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MedicAlert can provide you with peace of mind

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn's bracelet gives her the support to enjoy activities such as hiking or paddle boarding, her current favourite.

READ CAROLYN'S STORY

Annabelle Griffin

Annabelle's parents noticed how easily she would bruise as a child, from simply being tickled or having her nappy changed.

READ ANNABELLE'S STORY

Living with EDS

It can be a challenge to deal with so many symptoms at the same time, however, many people learn how to live with EDS to have full and active lives. Improving just the most challenging one or two symptoms can make a big difference to the quality of your life. 

Low Risk Activities

Swimming or pilates may be recommended to help you stay fit and healthy.

Resting

Find ways to conserve your energy and pace your activities.

Physiotherapy

Exercises help to strengthen your joints, avoid injuries and manage pain.

Protection

For some activities, appropriate protection can help to reduce strain on joints.

Regular Scans

Scans carried out in hospital can detect problems with internal organs.

Occupational Therapy

Receive advice on daily activities and any equipment that may help.

Adaptations

Helpful items, such as an electric can opener, can reduce the strain on joints.

Counselling

Counselling or CBT may be useful if you're struggling with long-term pain.

Annabelle's Challenge

Annabelles Challenger

Annabelle's Challenge is the UK charity for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Named after Annabelle Griffin, whose story you can find above, they provide support and advice for people living with the condition as well as raising awareness.
We have partnered with the charity, in order to provide their members with free MedicAlert membership for one year as well as a £5 discount towards the first piece of medical ID jewellery. 


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What do you need to do to join?

Create account

This provides online access to view and change your record at any time.

Add medical info

Including allergies, conditions, medications, history, documents and contacts.

Choose a medical ID

Our collections include stainless steel, fabric, silicone, silver and gold.

We check your record

Our in-house medical professionals ensure your record is medically sound.

MedicAlert membership costs less than 9p per day; this gives you 24/7 emergency support and peace of mind for just £32 per year.
Your only additional cost will be your choice of medical ID jewellery, which start at very reasonable prices and are available with styles to suit a variety of activities and occasions.


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