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Show Notes: Episode 2.14 - Hypermobile Dudes Part 3: The Conclusion

Updated: Jun 27

Original Air Date: June 26, 2024

On this week's episode, Luna and Shelli wrap up their discussion on how Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome affects an often underrepresented community within our Zebra Herd: Men. Luna also shares some very exciting and highly anticipated news from the Norris Lab at MUSC regarding a newly released hEDS research report.

In the final part of our first-ever panel interview, we continue to talk with Brandon Buccieri, Doug Kremer, and Bryan Jewell about their lived experiences with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Our guests discuss how hEDS affects them, their diagnosis stories, and how they navigate the medical field as Zebras assigned male at birth.

Co-Hosts: Luna and Shelli

Special Guests: Brandon Buccieri, Doug Kremer, & Bryan Jewell

Brandon Buccieri (@susanpossibly on TikTok) | "Hi! I'm Brandon, I'm 32 years of age and I'm a recently diagnosed zebra."
Doug Kremer (@dougkremer on YouTube) | "I'm 48, a Mechanical Engineer, and father to two wonderful Daughters 19 and 20 years old. I was diagnosed hEDS in Nov 2021 at age 45. During my diagnosis journey I learned to really listen to my body and what it was trying to tell me."
Bryan Jewell (@kindaspoony on TikTok) | "I grew up in a military family that frequently moved. In my early 20’s, I joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorably for 8+ years. After two enlistments, I began a new career in industrial construction as a startup and commissioning test engineer on a nuclear waste treatment plant. I later joined Amazon to continue pushing the frontier of internet infrastructure. In 2021, I suffered an injury to my rib cage. The cartilage around my right floating rib folded painfully inward. This started me on an investigatory path that ended in several self-diagnosed, and later doctor confirmed, disorders. The most impactful are hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a painful connective tissue disorder) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (a neurological disorder affecting my ability to sit or stand for more than a few minutes). Soon after my diagnosis, I began sharing my story on social media. Now, in 2024, I am healing from my sixth surgery to repair damage accrued during my active life."

Disclaimer: The information provided in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult with healthcare professionals for personalized guidance on managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes.

Important Takeaways:

  • ZEBRA NEWS: New hEDS research report by the Norris Lab at MUSC

  • Men's lived experiences with pain are often minimized, mocked, or denied, and they're told to "toughen up", or other phrases like "no pain, no gain" that paints a picture that pain is weakness.

Links to Resources and Topics Mentioned In This Episode

Resources & Research

• Infographic Post by Cortney Gensemer, PhD - LINK

• Variants in the Kallikrein Gene Family and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - LINK

•CHOP POTS Exercise Program - LINK


00:00 - Introduction by Luna

01:35 - Zebra News: An hEDS Genetic Breakthrough

03:33 - Luna's Thoughts on Norris Lab/MUSC Report

04:40 - Comments From Listeners About Report

06:50 - A Message from the Bendy Mommas

09:15 - Looking Back on the Men's Interview

10:25 - Support Systems: Bryan

12:50 - Support Systems: Brandon

15:05 - Support Systems: Doug

19:35 - How Has hEDS Affected Your Career?

20:58 - Motion is Lotion

23:16 - Zebras in Water

29:20 - Muscle Fatigue, DOMS, and Body Guarding

32:47 - Bryan's Ketamine Therapy Experience

35:50 - Doug's LDN Experience

38:15 - hEDS Occurance Between Men and Women

44:45 - Luna's Final Thoughts

Thank you for joining us, and our panel guests for a glimpse of what life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is like for men. If you haven't already, please remember to work your magic (Like, Follow, Share, Subscribe, leave a Review) on whichever platform you're joining us on; it truly helps more people find us and it's an easy (and free!) way to help support the podcast.

You can now also support the show by making a one-time donation here, or a monthly contribution through Spotify! Simply go to our show's Spotify page and click "Support This Podcast". Your support will help us reach our goals to improve our recording quality and make other improvements to the podcast.

Every bit helps, and we appreciate your support, follows, ratings, and shares so much! Thank you, Bendy Baddies!

A special thank you again to Brandon, Doug, and Bryan for taking time out of your day to share your stories and experiences with us! Getting to hear your stories, experiences, and helpful tips was illuminating. We appreciate your willingness to be so candid and open with everyone. Hopefully by shedding light on EDS from a men's perspective, others who may be experiencing symptoms will be empowered to speak up and seek treatment.

Luna, Shelli, and the rest of the Hacking Hypermobility Podcast crew will be attending the 2024 Global Learning Conference in Philadelphia, PA (July 17th - 20th)! Be sure to reach out to us if you plan on attending in person,  we can't wait to see our fellow zebras (and everyone else) there.

Wishing you happy, healthy hypermobility!

-Tiffany | Assistant Producer

Feel free to email to me with any questions!

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