recognizing pain

A question about pain

liquidcoma:

daughterofprometheus:

realsocialskills:

Some autistic or otherwise atypical people show pain differently than most nondisabled people do. 

For instance, some people show pain by laughing, or by getting really quiet.

How do y’all show pain? What are some ways of showing pain that get misinterpreted that would would like others to know to look for?

daughterofprometheus said:

I learned to simply stop showing it.

When i did show pain people would only make it worse.

So i stopped showing it.

liquidcoma said:

yeah same

or i kinda space out temporarily due to the feeling of an urgent need to not express pain

satans-lapdog:

A question about pain

daughterofprometheus:

realsocialskills:

Some autistic or otherwise atypical people show pain differently than most nondisabled people do.

For instance, some people show pain by laughing, or by getting really quiet.

How do y’all show pain? What are some ways of showing pain that get…

satans-lapdog: said:

Laughing until I can’t breathe. It’s almost manic. Or I twitch uncontrollably.

another response about pain

It seems like a lot of people mention being more snappish when they’re hurt. I’m the opposite. I’m usually kind of argumentative and disagreeable as my default setting but I become very sweet and easygoing when I’m sick or hurt because I lack the energy to be my usual self. I think any dramatic shift in personality is usually something to look out for.

some replies about atypical ways some people show pain

monsterquill replied to your post“A question about pain”
often i either make a face but stay completely silent, or say “ow” but my
face stays completely blank.
also when I was a little kid, my siblings were sick and my mom was taking care of them, but later it turned out i was the sickest of all and had to go to the hospital, and she hadn’t known bc unlike my siblings I hadn’t shown any sign of distress.

ipsticklizbienne replied to your post“A question about pain”

i honestly never thought about this and that’s weird i’ve always just added more pain (?) to my leg especially so when i chose to take it away the natural pain seemed less intense but i also just stop talking
aura218 replied to your post“A question about pain”
I don’t think I do show pain. My mother always said “you don’t act sick when you’re sick.” As an adult, I’ve had doctors blow off my symptoms b/c I don’t act sick or hurt.
kinthulou replied to your post“A question about pain”
Self-diagnoses autie with fibromyalgia here: I usually show pain by moving less. I’ll stop bouncing and swaying and doing a lot of things and move slower. I’ll also talk less, but usually remain cheery. People just think I’m less excitable or tired.
dohegotthebunty replied to your post“A question about pain”
i knew a little girl who was always pretty energetic and in-your-face so everyone assumed it would be really obvious if she was hurt but she clammed up when she broke her arm and no one realized for a couple hours
im-significant replied to your post“A question about pain”
I get very short-tempered and want to be left alone. I may react to light, sound, touch, etc by flinching, freezing, or sometimes lashing out. My verbal skills also get worse when I am in pain, so asking me what’s wrong/trying to help often makes it worse
chavisory replied to your post“A question about pain”
I can get really quiet, or really snappish and cranky.
ragingpeacock replied to your post“A question about pain”
I dunno if it is unusual, but I tend to get irritated/overemotional. i also hug myself. i feel like i show pain more obviously than most people. or maybe I’m just in pain more often. oh yeah just remembered sometimes I grab at my hair and clothing
skelletonclique replied to your post“A question about pain”
I’m not disabled, but a disabled friend of mine shows pain by covering their ears and/or freezing a lot of the time.