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Featured Not noticing physical issues/effects

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Misery, Jul 30, 2020 at 8:55 PM.

  1. simetra

    simetra Nervous laughter

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    I experience hyposensitivity even when I am not absorbed in a thing or task. I hardly ever know where my bruises come from. People witnessing when I hit a part of my body on an object exclaim "ouch" but mostly, it doesn't hurt me. Other times, however, I am very sensitive to pain, and I have not yet figured out what makes the difference between feeling pain and not feeling anything in these situations.

    At home, I generally sit cross-legged, be it on the floor or chairs. I can sit like that for hours and not feel a thing. Then, when I release my legs, everything hurts.

    In the office, I used to set the AC so cold that it caused stiff shoulders and dry eyes, and it took me people pointing out my eyes and not being able to move my head for a few days to notice.

    My hypo- and hypersensitivities also seem to change over the years. While I used to wear my hair in tight high ponytails throughout school and my Bachelor's degree, I have not been able to bear wearing my hair up for longer than 5 minutes before my roots start to hurt for about a year.

    So I would agree that experiences of that kind are related to autism, either in connection with hyperfocus or sensory issues.
     
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  2. unperson

    unperson Well-Known Member

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    This is where the expression 'wouldn't know to come in out of the rain' gets used. Lack of bodily awareness, i got some of that.
     
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  3. AspieOtaku

    AspieOtaku Leader of the otaku legion!

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    Misery you may need a humidifier and not leave your heater on too long balance it out abit so you dont dry out but also dont get too hot or cold. Keep hydrated too.
     
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  4. SDRSpark

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    From what I've read this is actually common with autism, although hypersensitivity gets talked about far more often.

    I am definitely hyposensitive to pain...when I was a teen in martial arts class, "does she bleed...and is it red?" is a question that got asked a lot. :eek:

    When I was a child I had a sinus infection...I told my mother "I kind of have a headache..." my mom knew me pretty well, and thought it best to keep me out of school for the day and take me to the doctor (all I really wanted was some Tylenol lol). Between telling my mom that I had a headache, and getting to the doctor, I had gone outside and played on the swingset, then climbed on the roofer's scaffolding. :tearsofjoy: When we got to the doctor, he took one look at me and said "how is she walking? She should have needed to be carried in here." Turns out I had a sinus infection so severe that it had gone down into my chest. I mostly felt fine.

    "My throat is a little scratchy mom" turned out to be severe strep that had migrated to my sinuses.

    So yeah, I might have a problem knowing when something is wrong. :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:

    I'm also the reigning Queen of the Land of Where the Heck Did This Bruise Come From? From the Greater Kingdom of Why Am I Bleeding?

    I'll put my hands over my ears and duck when the phone rings or a child cries though...because nothing can ever be straightforward I guess.
     
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  5. Karamazov

    Karamazov Active Member

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    ^ I’ve had the exact same thing with headache that turned out to be sinusitis (in my twenties), and rumbling appendix: that one took a decade for the docs to figure out what I meant by “tummy ache”.
    It was too big to fit in the jar they normally put them in (so the consultant told me after I’d come round from the morphine).
     
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  6. SDRSpark

    SDRSpark Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Wow!!! You're really lucky that appendix didn't kill you!!!

    I sometimes worry that I'll miss something severe that will wind up seriously harming or killing me because I just won't feel ill and it'll turn out that I have a serious disease that requires prompt treatment.
     
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  7. Karamazov

    Karamazov Active Member

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    Yeah, my parents were out the day it came to crisis point: got home to find me curled up in a ball whimpering. Dad took me to the GP’s emergency walk-in, the doc did one look over me and told dad to drive to the hospital immediately (it was 40 miles away, too long a wait for an ambulance to come out). By the time I was at the hospital they had to dose me out of my mind with morphine so the consultant could unfold me to conduct an examination: they rushed me in as soon as the theatre was free ahead of the queue.

    I couldn’t walk for a month because they had to cut through some of the abs on my right side to get it out (4” scar that’s still prominent almost twenty years later).

    Hadn’t occurred to me what this might mean for any future serious health events... hmmm... hyposensitivity to pain is actually pretty dangerous isn’t it?
     
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    This happens to hubby, who is also on the spectrum. I will ask where the blood came from on the floor or on some other surface and he will be all surprised at the fact that he has got a cut on his foot or on his hand!
    Yes, this is me too. It just happened today; I woke up feeling hunger pangs, then got engrossed with my computer and suddenly feel panic wondering what on earth is wrong, why am I so weak! and I have sat in a cold area until my fingertips are numb and my nose is running before it registers that I am too cold.
     
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    Oh, my God! That's a lot of work, but it's all for the fur babies.:cool:
     
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    I can tell that I have a broader range than most people, in that if I am forced into something uninteresting in high heat it will be torturous, where if I am focused on something, at least if the task is physical, I maybe don’t notice as much as many others

    Like non air conditioned school where we were not allowed to wear shorts, was absolute torture on hot days, but when I used to be involved in bodybuilding, I’d go from excercise to excerice to excerise, then to basketball at the end, with not much of a need for a significant break, while others kept stopping and talking to each other. I’d end up drenched in sweat and would not be particular uncomfortable other than needing drinks of water.

    Like heat seems to district me more in one way and less in another, but I am unclear if it has to do with sensitivity or with focus being sort of either on or off, and therefore focus being more open or less open to external distractions.
     
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    I have this all the time.
    I have tolerable/untolerable. Tolerable things happen in the background. I need to make an effort to become self conscious about those stuffs, otherwise they don't really catch my attention.
    I tend to eat too much because I'm anxious about getting untolerabily hungry later and have no food near. Like being dizzy and stomach ache and not be able to eat really fast. So I eat in prevention, I never wait to be hungry. Actually, I'm not sure I have a normal "hungry" feeling, it's rather : "I never wait to be starving". There's just tolerable/untolerable, and all that's tolerable is most likely in the background while I'm focusing on whatever I'm focusing on.
    I do notice when I hurt myself though, just not really when I get burned. There's a gap in time, my attention doesn't get caugh in anything that's in the background. Looking back, I'm like "I knew something was happening", but I'm not necessarily fully aware of it. I'm focused on something else, so unless it's unbearable, I don't notice it.
    I'd like to set alarms ordering me to check on my body and physical sensations, because honestly, I'm not self aware at all.
     
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    I don't actually get ill. Much, if ever. Just the odd cold. There's nothing to be sensitive to, I m almost always ok. I'm affected by smells, scents or sprays, though, I really notice those, and they hurt my eyes and get in my throat. Ick.
     
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  13. Rexi

    Rexi uwu owo uwu SlightlyFilterless Atheist Science=<3 V.I.P Member

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    I cough profusely when I inhale or even smell perfume, i read it's the lung receptor reaction like taste is for taste buds, cough is for lung senses.
     
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    Place where I really notice sprays/perfumes is an irritating tickle right up inside my nose, and the taste on my tongue... mostly unpleasant, I never really notice the scent itself: just the solvent/propellant in all it's harsh chemical plant style glory.
     
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    Ella Spell Well-Known Member

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    Yes, autism often presents with hyposensitivity of our bodily awareness, known as Interoception. It can affect our ability to perceive hunger and thirst cues, pain, fatigue, etc. and it's distinguished from Alexithymia which is a low ability to read our own emotions.

    I'm working on Interoception skills with my SPD Occupational Therapist lately. My OT has recommended a series of videos and resources by Kelly Mahler. Have a look and see if any of this helps. The "Resouces" tab provides a lot of information.

    What Is Interoception? | Kelly Mahler
     
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  16. Rasputin

    Rasputin ASD / Aspie V.I.P Member

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    What you are describing sometimes happens to me when my focus gets locked in on a task that requires high concentration. I get so locked in that I can block out all distractions for long periods of time. And I have found myself bleeding on my hand or leg and have no idea how I injured myself. I have no idea how common this is, but it seems to be associated with hyperfocusing, which is common.
     
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