Muscle Pain

The pain comes winding, winding up from a bump, an awkward sitting position, or too much time with an over-extended wrist. I used to take numerous medications to dull it. Now, my hyper-elastic joints, often comorbid with autism, are kept under control with vigilant attention, a careful diet, and an ibuprofen or two a week. […]

Hazy Days

Some days are hazy, especially after a big social event or long work week. I walk as though in a fog. Getting dressed is difficult, going out to run errands feels difficult. Back when I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, the doctors called it fibro fog or chronic fatigue. What was it really? Overstimulation. Mutism. Executive […]

Comorbid Diagnosis

What is a comorbid diagnosis? Comorbidity is one or more additional conditions existing at the same time with a primary condition. There are many common comorbid diagnoses that seem to relate to autism. Some of these conditions might be (but are not limited to): anxiety, epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues, ehlers-danlos syndrome, bipolar disorder, sensory processing disorder, […]

You Don’t Look Familiar

Prosopagnosia is the inability to recognize faces, and it’s often a comorbid neurological disorder diagnosis with autism. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with this, and you just find yourself flooded with people that you don’t recognize who are recognizing you, here’s my bit of advice: Use your autistic superpower of attention to detail! If […]

Chronic pain

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 […]

Selective Mutism

When stress piles up, many autistic people find themselves going selectively mute. Selective mutism is not a choice. While NTs can learn a variety of strategies for communicating with their selectively mute/semi-verbal/nonverbal loved ones, many autistic people often still want to communicate their needs and feelings during these times. Here are a few ideas for […]