I read somewhere on here just a minute ago about itching but can't find the comment now that I'm logged in. I know Dr Temple Grandin has said that it's a problem for her. Is that an autistic thing? Is it my brain overreacting? It's been a problem for me since I was in my 30s. I've complained to landlords and moved out of rented flats numerous times because of the itching. Is there an official respect-inducing name for this problem which I can tell my doctor and be taken seriously?
Weird stuff going on with my hearing as well. It definitely gets worse when I am stressed.
Skin-sensitivity is definitely a problem for people on the spectrum. You could hit me on the head with a frying pan and I'll be OK, but an itchy label will drive me to the point of madness.
It's hyper-sensitivity. That's a sensory term for it. Dermotillamania can also be an issue for Autists. It's when scratching becomes excessive. You can get habitual with scratching and the itching is a psychosomatic cue for scratching or picking. I have sensory problems with my feet. They are super sensitive, so if I get even the slightest itch I end up ripping them to bits.
Diet can also be a factor. Many foods can cause itching. Milk being a common one. Sugar can be another. Foods from the Nightshade family such as tomatoes and potatoes can be triggers. You may find that it could be dietary. Coffee and energy drinks make me itch too. I avoid them anyway because they make me nervy and I can't sleep. Which brings me onto your other comment!
Yttrium said:Weird stuff going on with my hearing as well. It definitely gets worse when I am stressed.
Yeah, I get this too. Stress and tiredness make my senses far more difficult to manage. Moving patterns, sounds continuing after they have gone, smell is stronger and my synaesthesia is far more vivid, that can be a good thing but not in a public setting! Do you drink much caffeine or energy drinks? They aren't good for nerves or sleep.
I'd tell your doctor about the hyper-sensitivity, plus how it affects you. They might give you an allergy test. Then you can eliminate certain things or pick up what it is. Try and get a food allergy test too. It could be as simple as stopping eating one food.
I can totally sympathise, itching is hell. I have a really high tolerance to pain but it's more than evened out by my tolerance to itching and heat. I'm itching thinking about your itching!
Thank you for these very helpful comments Cloudy Mountains. I gave up milk a while ago and I mostly just drink tea now because it tastes better with the coconut or almond milk substitutes than coffee does. Will definitely tell my doctor about the hyper-sensitivity.I have suffered in silence long enough! There are more comments that I would like to make but I need to get some sleep first. Thanks again.
I am hyper sensitive, worst for me are hearing and itching. I have always had dislike/intolerance of smells, perfumes, flowers etc, but about 10 years ago I developed what the doctors first thought was a strange variation on hay fever. I would sneeze violently, and itch so much I was like a zombie clawing at my flesh until I bled. They then realised it wasn't hay fever when it started happening all year around. It's possibly some kind of mould or dust allergy. I take a low dose over the counter daily antihistamine (ceterizine hyderchloride) which largely keeps it at bay. Some things still set it off badly - if I am exposed to lilies I start sneezing, itching, twitching, yelping and generally acting like the most ADHD kid you have ever seen off their meds!
My hearing sensitivities led me to being diagnosed with hyperacusis. Undergoing treatment for that which isn't yet working. Worst noise for me at the moment is cutlery/plates.
No problem! Hope it's helpful.
I just though that as you'd moved house (which is stressful in itself!) the symptoms might be something that is following you, like a food allergy or even stress. Stress can be a trigger for itching. Cortisol gets produced during or after stressful situations. It acts as an anti-histamine. After a large release of cortisol or a prolonged period of cortisol production, the body produces a lower level of cortisol. That can make you itchy, tired or achey because all the histamines can run riot and make your body feel like ***.
Not saying you are overly stressed. I don't know but the things that you would normally have a small or mild reaction to can make your body have more of a reaction.
Bagpuss7 said:and itch so much I was like a zombie clawing at my flesh until I bled.
I'm the same! I will tear my feet to shreds.
Nettles. If you know where to get nettles, try them for an anti-histamine. It works well. You can use the roots or the leaves. I make a smoothie type thing. It works for joint swelling too. You can buy the extracts in pills, but the beauty of nettles is that you can take them for prolonged periods. They are free too, if you dig them up!
I went off and thought about this a bit more Yttrium. I'm pretty much in control of my itching situation now but another thing I noticed was biological washing powder is a pretty bad thing for skin irritation. A change of soap (I don't know what you're using now) might help. Use something unperfumed and non-coloured. I use Simple but Pears is another brand that I can use. Deodorants and other smellies can be irritants. Just try and think of things that your skin comes into contact with and it's just trial and error. I hope you find what's best! I'd rather be in pain than itch, it's that bad! All the best.
Further to washing powders. We found that Bold was very bad for our allergy probe family. Avoid it.
We have odd looking little ball things with rocks in them now they are brilliant everything gets clean and no chemicals.
Laundry products had been a problem for me, too, until I went vegan and started using Bip-D. I've still not found a fabric conditioner I can cope with but the Bio-D laundry liquid really helps. For soap I use cheap and cheerful Co-op's pure soap. It's the only one that doesn't hurt delicate areas (ahem) within seconds. Pitrok deodorant (thankfully they do do a spray) I find the best. I still itch, but usually only when I'm going to sleep. I think my body hates me!