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Constipation

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ZebraAspie, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. ZebraAspie

    ZebraAspie Well-Known Member

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    Is constipation a symptom of autism? For years I was told it was and wondered if anyone had been Told similar.

    I know anxiety can trigger it but don’t think autism itself can.
     
  2. s3_gunzel

    s3_gunzel Keep on training, Sydney. V.I.P Member

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    Given Autism and anxiety often go hand in hand, there's certainly an argument there that, yes, actually, it can be.
     
  3. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    By itself, autism has no connection to constipation. I know some autistic children have issues with how they were potty trained and may be afraid of sitting to go potty. Or maybe they don't have access to the toilet as often as they should. Others may have been raised to think of bowel movements as being dirty or shameful. This could lead to holding it in as long as possible, causing it to harden in the colon.
     
  4. OkRad

    OkRad μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην V.I.P Member

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    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Hard to see a direction connection, but possibly a frequent byproduct of co-morbid conditions, like the Anxiety that has been mentioned.
     
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  6. MyLifeAsAnAspie

    MyLifeAsAnAspie Well-Known Member

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    Another area of research is mitochondrial dysfunction which has connections to both conditions. Mitochondrial is suspected when unrelated areas of the body are effected. It's not easy to diagnose and I have not seen any studies on adults with ASD for this possible cause.
     
  7. theporgsnest

    theporgsnest Well-Known Member

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    I had major toilet issues with this as a child, and according to my doctor at the time it can be a common problem for young children with autism, but it's no more severe than in a neurotypical child - it's more likely to stem from anxiety or fear/trauma, or even learned behaviour. I continue to have digestive issues (suspected IBS) to this day though, so it could be a correlation, but not necessarily causation.
     
  8. Kit

    Kit Well-Known Member

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    I know bad diets can attribute to it.