The reason people in the autistic spectrum feel pain is probably because our brains are wired. Some autistic people are half numb with pain,are sensitive to it and some are both at the same time. I
A blood test makes me abrupt. When a kind of dust gets in my shoes, it sinks and makes me gasp. Sometimes it’s so small, I don’t even see it and have to run my hands through my shoes. Yet it hurts enough for me to linger on the nearest bench so I can sit down and take off my shoes.
Aspi low tolerance for pain can be frightening and embarrassing
Before the doctor’s appointment, I was in pain for a few days. When I’m told it won’t hurt, I don’t know what to expect. A few times I’ve been told that the method doesn’t hurt at all, but it did. There were times when I was told it hurt but I didn’t feel anything.
It is quite embarrassing to remove the handles of the test chairs during a ‘painless’ checkup. Doctors think I’m a big kid. I can take it they are not subtle about it. I get nothing for the pain because it’s ‘not painful’.
I have sensitive teeth. My dentist told me he couldn’t see any reason to hurt my teeth. There is some wear and tear on the enamel but not enough to cause pain. However, I feel intense pain when eating cold, sweet or sour foods. It bothers me a lot. Already tried toothpaste for sensitive teeth, but it doesn’t help much. Maybe I’ll get a fluoride gel at the dentist’s office.
Asphyxia and abdominal pain
Stomach pain can be one of the reasons why so many people in the spectrum. I call them ‘autistic abdominal pain’. From experience, I know how frustrated they are. There is a theory about irritable bowel syndrome that those who suffer from it get pain signals from normal digestive processes that most people do not feel, not even aware of. Do autistic people feel pain as a result of something that is completely painful to the general public? Maybe. Although this may not be the only reason. For example, the general concerns may add to this.
Not being able to feel the pain can be dangerous
On the other hand, autistic people sometimes do not feel pain when it should be dangerous for them. What if something is seriously wrong, and we don’t know? Pain is a warning sign, above all. There is a reason for this.
Although sometimes it is a blessing in disguise. My kickboxing instructor accidentally punched me in the face because I didn’t block the punch so fast the blocked blood went down my mouth, but I barely felt the pain. This can probably help in the fight.
Sometimes autistic people feel pain but it is mild. Sometimes we don’t feel pain at all. I read ghost stories about mammograms on the net, how painful it is. I talked to other patients who had it and they said it hurts a bit. A little stress, they said. But I didn’t feel anything. No pain, no stress. Just a touch of cool metal on the skin. The doctor told me, “Now you will feel some pressure.” I do not.