Psychosomatic Injuries and Autism.
Re thinking Psychosomatic injuries?
I was diagnosed with Psychosomatic types of injuries and when I was diagnosed with autism years ago, psychosomatic injuries were listed among the findings of and intensive several day autism evaluation. Over the years with the discovery of the missing pain tolerance 2-9 of the 10 scale, a lot of the psychosomatic disorder might need some new thoughts. Many other groups besides Autisitcs could suffer from the condition. If my autism theory is correct and autism is the building blocks of the human mind people of all types might not harbor the natural ability to feel pain equally. Older people are sometimes noted for not feeling pain perhaps as their mental ability frails, Men in general "don't feel pain" it is not macho enough and might indicate for some of us pain is not a real factor in our state of being.
It seems like when we build up to proficient picture thoughts of autism that nearly mimic traditional thought; we along the way discover pain is not automatic for us. Lots of us seem to feel the same pain you do but only for a few milliseconds or second and then it disappears into our bodies, no matter how bad it is at times. Unless we are seriously hurt or injured we have no constant pain. Eventually, we know we are hurt and we can feel we are hurt but no one else would believe it. Doctors/nurses/family members press and punch on us and we don't react as expected, if at all. I once had a split in my gut after an injury and only when it could be seen and traced was it NOT considered a psychosomatic injury. Even visible 4 months after the accident (finally) it hurt very little. Today it has 15 staples and a patch. Before surgery I had to draw the wound on my gut and sure enough the surgeon found trouble exactly where I had drawn it.
I once had knee surgery and prior to that I had a very bum knee that could not be bent and it swelled. I had been an avid cyclist and rode too many miles in the wrong gears. (even towing trailers with my bike) The doctor said it was one of the worst knees he had encountered. It finally did hurt quite a bit and I never did take and aspirin. I felt SHARP Pain if I turned it just right or put pressure on it the wrong way but that pain would go away on its own in a few seconds. I eventually figured with all my other injuries as well I really did feel the pain but only for a few seconds at the most. Three days later I walked in the hospital after surgery pain free for a follow up, and the doctor was stunned and I should have been too.
How many Aspies of today get the chance to do real life? How many have ridden 1000s of miles like I have? (we have several touring long-distance bike riders in our anthropology by the way) How many aspies of today missed the curse and experienced real life? Please unite our anthropology and find out what we have discovered.
From the Web,
Somatoform disorders encompass several mental health disorders in which people report physical symptoms or concerns that suggest but are not explained by a physical disorder or report a perceived defect in appearance. These symptoms or concerns cause significant distress or interfere with daily functioning.
Somatoform disorder is a relatively new term for what many people used to refer to as psychosomatic disorder. In somatoform disorders, the physical symptoms cannot be explained by any underlying physical disease. In some cases of somatoform disorders, a physical disease is present that might explain the occurrence but not the severity or duration of the physical symptoms. People with somatoform disorders are not faking illness; they sincerely believe that they have a serious physical problem.
The most commonly diagnosed somatoform disorders are somatization disorder, conversion disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, and pain disorder (see Pain: Psychogenic Pain). The individual people who are diagnosed with a somatoform disorder vary greatly. Treatment approaches also vary according to which somatoform disorder a person has.
From Rich quoted from above
"People with somatoform disorders are not faking illness; they sincerely believe that they have a serious physical problem."
(serious humor) See what happens when 'experts' research something and the peer review keeps 'ridiculous ideals' like we have experienced in real life out of the equation?
Search early posts on this blog and see an X-ray of a painless injury.
Rich Shull,,,, http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com/
The "best autism book ever" ALAN TURING: The Enigma By Andrew Hodges Simon and Schuster New York. Copyright 1983 Related Item PBS-BBC show entitled Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore, based on The Enigma.