|Posted by Admin on March 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM|
I've noticed that myself, along with other people on the Autism Spectrum tend to have a higher pain tolerance. I don't know if this is common for ALL people with ASD, but situations have suggested it to me. Here are a few of them:
1. A friend had an ear infection, but didn't even feel it until their ear-drum was about to burst. Then they barely felt a little bit of pain. (Their ear was treated and is better now.)
2. A friend had a broken bone (can't remember if it was a collar bone, an arm, or an ankle) and went for days without noticing. They finally went to the doctor when there were visual signs of something major going on.
3. A friend had a broken finger, but thought they had just jammed it. They finally went to the doctor when the finger began to swell too much.
I don't know WHY these extreme cases have occurred, but here is my theory:
Our nervous system is SO sensitive, that we are actually USED to the pain. Or perhaps we can't tell the difference between major and minor pain. When we hear a loud noise, it hurts, but we know we have to deal with it. When we have a terrible ear infection, it hurts, but we don't realize that it's an ear infection, so we figure we have to deal with it.
Whatever the reason, it's an interesting trait.