This topic has been raised before, but as someone who was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility syndrome last year I thought I would raise it again. For those of you who are not familiar with the term (as I wasn't until eighteen months ago) Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) is an inherited disorder which occurs as a result of a genetic mutation which affects the formation of collagen, making it more elastic than it should be. The most obvious manifestation of JHS is joints that have more than the normal range of extension and mobility, but as collagen is not confined to the joints it can affect other parts of the anatomy as well.
Eversince I heard about it I have wondered if there is a connection between it andmy asthma. I don't think it is responsible for it - I am not the only asthmatic in the family, but I am the only asthmatic who is also hypermobile - but I do wonder whether it has exacerbated the condition. Of those in the family who have asthma, I am the only one who has never been able to come off medicatiion, I am also the only one who has exercise induced asthma. When I saw a respiratory consultant last year he was dismissive of the idea that there might be a connection; the amount of literature on the subject is scarce (there doesn't seem to have been much research on the topic), and what there is does not seem to come to any firm conclusions one way or the other.
So I was wondering if any of you fellow asthma sufferers who suffer from both conditions have discussed this with your consultants, and if so, what they had to say about it.