I apologise if this is already a thread, however this has been bothering me. I heard a while ago that people with ASD (I have Asperger's) are prone to having stomach trouble, and I was wondering if other people have found this? I myself has always had terrible stomachaches or just a constant pain in my stomach. I didn't think too much of it until I went to university, and for the past four/five years it's getting worse. Doctors tell me I have IBS, which is at least something so I can manage it, but I was wondering if stomach troubles is also a common theme amongst other Aspies and people with Autism?
Thank you :)
I've read this too and it certainly applies to me. Despite IBS being mentioned by various doctors it was never actually diagnosed as such, because my symptoms didn't quite fit, and now I know why! (Asperger's apparently, although I don't get how it's linked!)
I've tried various 'diets' where I've avoided 'trigger foods' etc but nothing made any difference to the random intense pains or the weird one-hour-to-two-day bloating periods where I suddenly look pregnant. I don't get any of the other IBS symptoms though.
I wonder if it's somehow linked to the fact that, apparently, PCOS is also a feature of (or somehow linked with) Asperger's?
Yeah this is true for me too. I have flare-ups of IBS quite frequently. Sometimes seems to be certain foods, other times seems to be just stress. It can be really painful and the bloating looks ridiculous. Could be a link of some kind.
I always assumed everyone had continual stomach pain?
hunger pains followed by no pain after a meal, then quickly followed by pain as if I have eaten to much.
Also suffered other related issues as a child!
The issues most don’t talk about through embarrassment, I now know why it was that way for me,
Embarrassment as well as being pitied as a young child,
Seems this is very common but no real big research to understand it,
Yeah I have the same problem. Diagnosed with IBS as a child which was really bad at points. I went vegan at 20 and that helped my digestive system a lot, but recently I have been suffering really badly again, to the point I am now being tested for Crohns, IBD and Celiacs disease and general anti-immune disorders.
I have also noticed I have a lot of symptoms of Ehlers Danlos syndrome, but I don't want to go back to the doctors for fear of being labelled a hypochondriac!
There are a lot of co-morbid conditions with ASD it seems, but very little research into their links.
Hi Starbucks, I have tried varying my diet over the years.
nothing has made any difference,
i now drink goats milk instead of cows milk, I tried cutting out dairy altogether, no help! The goats milk may have made a slight improvement so I continue with it,
i tried cutting out wheat, again no difference,
I do not eat foods that are spicy or rich, preferring basic foodstuffs, plain is my game,
I have been a constant 10 stone since late teens, the last few years I have dropped to a permanent 9 1/2 stone, maybe due to medication for chronic bad back? I take amiprozal to inhibit acid in the gut. The two other tablets actually for my back cause issues so that is used to help stop stomach pain that is associated with them.
Ditto. I’m waiting for celiac biopsy next month. Like you I was looking into ehlers danlos but my Gp wanted me to get the celiac checked out first. I haven’t been on the forum lately because the symptoms have made me feel most uncomfortable and exhausted. All the different connections hasn’t ceased to amaze me. I have started looking at autoimmune conditions.. there is a long list. Like you there is so much ., the ND, EDS, Autoimmune to get to grips with. It’s almost unbelievable until I read on here that others do too . I’m just grateful people share such information because it makes me feel less alone.
I think I'm in a similar boat to you and starbuck, ever increasing discomfort that I do my best to ignore and feel far too hypochondriacish to go to a Gp about it.
I was diagnosed with IBS years ago but that doesn't quite fit completely.
I read a bit about EDS and it seemed a bit like nailing jelly to a wall, with not even many healthcare professionals having much idea about it. Take care of yourself Misfit. xx
Yeah I have really bad gastric problems worse when I have the vomiting bug. It is very common in people with asd
I strongly believe the injections that they give you as a child trigger the already weak auto immune system. Hence the stomach problems pcos Nero problems
Hello. I suffered the same and at uni was diagnosed with IBS. I then cut out gluten and things are so much better. I’m not coeliac. I have since also tested positive for a dairy protein allergy. So now I’m gf and df if I have any gluten or dairy I really notice the stomach pains! Hope this helps. Perhaps do a gf couple of weeks?