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saladsandwich Sat 16-Jul-11 20:32:14

my ds, not diagnosed with anything he definitely as speech delay and a few behaviour issues but hes coming on so well that i think he will catch up sooN (maybe me being biased) he is about 9months behind now rathr than 12 so all going up, he is cakming down alot but something is concerning me about pain.

ds can literally bounce of walls and not cry, he definitely doesnt cry like most would, has blood taken and is more upset about beng held, he was in hospital and as a last resort they had to canulate his foot and ds was happilly running round with a canular in his foot and cellulitis without fuss or pain killers, i find it odd, he has an assessment with a pead next week and i'm going to bring it up then but just wondering if any body elses children are the same.

Goblinchild Sat 16-Jul-11 20:52:34

Yes, definitely. Mine has a high pain threshold and a broken thermostat, although the latter is changing since he hit puberty and he's now more sensitive to cold. He's got AS.
But the pain threshold, he has been slashed and burned over the years and often forgot to mention it because he didn't register the pain. That's why when he was little, his evening bath was also a time to spotcheck. smile
Oddly enough, small things irritate and 'hurt' him, he's very sensitive to textures.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sat 16-Jul-11 21:31:22

My DS with ASD had a high pain threshold as a toddler. Eg Ran his finger along a wall until it bled once and didn't notice. He's changed, though, now fusses excessively about the smallest thing.

saladsandwich Sat 16-Jul-11 21:35:42

i find he's particularly bad with abscesses on his skin, someones thread i read reminded me of ds lol, they get so big but he doesn't even notice only time he's cried at them is when a nurse stuck a plaster on and had to take it off and he freaks if he sees a plaster. he will let you drain them when they burst and he is running round like there is nothing wrong. his temp is usually quite low to anything from 35-36.5 usually xx

saladsandwich Sat 16-Jul-11 21:48:30

everyone is telling me ds is "normal" and i think i believe it but theres just a few things that just dont sit easy with me and this is one of them. d you think i'm right to be concerned? i don't think he has asd but there is something i just can't put my finger on and i seem to be picking every little thing he does trying to piece together something peads next week i just hope he as some answers or believes in my concerns at the very least x

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sat 16-Jul-11 22:03:24

If it is anything, it sounds like it's likely to be quite minor, if it's that hard to spot. Tell your paed all your concerns, and ask them what their initial thoughts are. High pain threshold can be a sensory issue unrelated to ASD.

coff33pot Sat 16-Jul-11 22:07:49

My DS (poss AS)pain threshold is very high. We used to put his resilence down to the fact that he had no tear ducts when born so couldnt cry. Recently he didnt complain of toothache at all till abscess appeared virtually at the bursting stage. I have had them and I know just how painfull it must have been for days before any swelling starts. He also fractured his leg in three places when he was small due to a child running into him head on on a scooter. He didnt cry at all infact he was just fascinated at the whole business and loved the xray pic of his leg. Within 24 hrs he was hopping about on it and clanking it up the stairs. I have to watch him if he has got a cold as he doesnt get the miseries like my other kids did, he just goes to full high temp. There is only one accident that stops him in his tracks and that is stubbing his toe on the door and I wonder if that is something to do with the fact that it is sudden and his body hasnt got time to cope with the pain until it gets to much iyswim.

I have two kids of opposite ends the eldest has periferal nerve damage and her body wont shut off any pain at all.

Claw3 Sat 16-Jul-11 22:19:57

Ds has a high pain threshold when it comes to self inflicted pain, ie bouncing and crashing into things, he used to head butt the floor until his head was bleeding, scratches himself causing large sores etc, etc.

Im sure its a sensory thing. OT explained it me as being under-responsive to touch

Hyposensitivity To Touch (Under-Responsive):

__ may crave touch, needs to touch everything and everyone

__ is not aware of being touched/bumped unless done with extreme force or intensity

__ is not bothered by injuries, like cuts and bruises, and shows no distress with shots (may even say they love getting shots!)

__ may not be aware that hands or face are dirty or feel his/her nose running

__ may be self-abusive; pinching, biting, or banging his own head

__ mouths objects excessively

__ frequently hurts other children or pets while playing

__ repeatedly touches surfaces or objects that are soothing (i.e., blanket)

__ seeks out surfaces and textures that provide strong tactile feedback

__ thoroughly enjoys and seeks out messy play

__ craves vibrating or strong sensory input

__ has a preference and craving for excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty foods

Ds doesnt fit all of that list, as his mouth is over-responsive and nothing goes in it, apparently ds has a combination.

saladsandwich Sat 16-Jul-11 22:27:48

well, in april ds was to me very obviously delayed but he has had alot of help and unless you see him next to children his exact age then its not noticable. his language is still poor and he is still forgetting words but he is at 100 words which is massive to say he had literally nothing in april.

coffeepot - everything you say is my ds, i've had abcess's and they hurt like hell but ds will let you touch, prod and poke, he hasnt broken any bones but stubbed toes he cries but banged heads he doesnt, illness doesn't bother him at all, colic does though (think its colic), he doesn't moan till his temp gets to 39+.

i think some of this is ds with personality like his behaviour and smirking when told off but sensory would fit ds he doesnt like dirt on his hands/clothes, hates being dressed/undressed, hates labels, hates certain textures of foods but not the taste of it, wont do proper kisses but cuddles random folk lol.

i do have another dilema, in order to aid his spech i was told to get rid of his cars and give him them as a treat, didnt realise that at the time his behaviour got bad, hes potty training really well so as a reward got his cars back and his behaviour instantly improved but because he's so obsessed with them he goes into his own little world so i've had to take them away, i feel i can't win x.

saladsandwich Sat 16-Jul-11 22:35:30

ds is definitely a combination of all those, he use to head butt floor tiles even as a baby, oh yeah, he was the only baby in the clinic who never cried when getting vaccinated, bites his arms, he does cry sometimes when he falls but i've noticed its when the injury is somewhere he can see because he hates anything like a blemish or dirt. he does this really minging thing (which i love to watch lol) where he picks all his toe fluff out of his toes but he passes his toes along to the other hand iykwim but i have never seen anything like it lol x

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