Sensory and joint pain are something I live with, but after a long stint of these pains literally controlling my life, I’ve integrated key lifestyle changes that have kept me prescription medicine free and increasingly able to ignore the pain to live a full life. Here are a few (not all) of the changes I’ve […]
Have you ever had a compression headache? Hair and headgear matter when it comes to sensory pain for autistic individuals. Some days, maybe we can handle fun hats, boppy ponytails, swimming goggles, smooth buns, snug braids, and tight wigs. But most days, I can find myself happy in the morning but drained and with a […]
Hello, Sun. With its bright light, sometimes it feels like we have no choice but to avoid the sun (and in turn avoid sensory pain). But studies have shown that up to 57% of autistic people have a Vitamin D deficiency, and up to 30% of us have an insufficiency! While these studies were performed […]
Lately I’ve learned that I have been getting fatigued by positive interactions. Even though I’m having a good time, maybe even a great time, I’m so burnt out by the extreme positive experience that I’m left drained. My only way to recover is a nap.The point is, even when we have amazing days surrounded by […]
Something new approaches. We think, “I’m going to try ___,” but then, the anxiety kicks in. “But what if…?” we might ask ourselves. As we autistic people anticipate a future event, we often find the potential fun frozen over by the fearful unknown. Social mistakes, unkind strangers, getting lost, overstimulation. The possibility for failure can […]
Sudden pain flares, traveling pain, debilitating headaches, joint strain. Recently, I’ve been getting asked about my chronic pain struggles, and more specifically, I’ve been receiving questions like, “What does chronic pain have to do with autism.” Studies have shown that individuals with autism are more likely to experience amplified and chronic pain. Even so, this […]
Are headaches an autism trait? While many people with autism experience a range of irritating to debilitating head pains, headaches themselves are actually a response to sensory sensitivity, social and general anxiety or the result of a co-occurring condition (such as EDS, hyper-mobility, and food intolerances). It should be noted that even if headaches are triggered […]
Joint hyperflexibility is a common comorbid diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you’re like me, try adding cinnamon to your snacks and drinks for some natural pain relief.
Keep your joint pain and anxiety levels stable with low-sugar desserts. Brie with nuts, raisins, and maple syrup anyone?
If joint pain is bringing you down, make sure to add lots of fish and fish oils to cushion the pain. (Also, consider looking into Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for a possible comorbid diagnosis with ASD.)