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 :)
Hope you are not suffering too badly Misfit61. Do you have any information on your family medical history? My family don't really speak and also don't share crucial medical information. I went on the war path when I was struggling with various things from shutdowns to digestive complaints as I wanted answers and an idea on how to manage things better. I spoke to most of my family where I could and gathered information on my Uncles, Aunties and Cousins as well as close family. There was a strong trend of neurological disorders in the females of the family, most members of my dad's side suffer with varying severity of digestive issues, the women all seem to suffer with epilepsy, MS, fibromyalgia, hypermobility, autoimmune disorders, the list goes on.
I showed this to my doctor and he has requested a MRI scan to rule out further neurological issues. I am not one for jumping to conclusions easily, but all these symptoms cannot be a coincidence! It might be worth doing some digging into the medical history of your family if you can, to help show your GP if there could be any patterns or links.
Thank you @Spotty and @Starbuck
I just have to get through the next couple of weeks feeling Yukky on the gluten til the biopsy after which I’m hoping changes in diet will help. As has been said it seems there are many co existing and interrelated conditions and just makes me marvel at what complex things our bodies are. I hope you find the scan useful. No I don’t think all the symptoms are a coincidence but as my Gp said even if I got a diagnosis of ehlers danlos how would that help me? I might pursue again after the celiac but it is our passion for research and trying to piece things together especially after years of struggle and misunderstandings. Yes there are some of the same symptoms within my family but I haven’t asked anyone specifically. Again thank you Spotty and Starbuck sorry for the delay in response xx
Wow this is astonishing with so many GI issues co-occurring. My daughter is scheduled in for a endoscopy due to the blood test for coeliac disease coming back positive.
I have had constant stomach problems which are lessened by quitting dairy and gluten. There seem to be many people on the spectrum with digestive disorders.