Since I started my blog 9 years ago, it has been my mission to become acquainted with my symptoms, to fully understand what I deal with, and to be able to place each symptom accurately.
I know I have cerebral palsy and autism. I need to put together the symptoms together that relate to cerebral palsy and the symptoms that relate to autism, so I have the whole picture. I feel I am more than qualified to be able to do that.
Cerebral palsy is responsible for my physical and emotional impairments. It affects my physical body, and my emotions also as my cerebral cortex is damaged. Through cerebral palsy and a leg length shortening, I also have scoliosis.
I also have hypersensitivity to sight, sounds, smells, touch, balance and some body awareness issues, such as navigating rooms and avoiding obstructions.
I also have autism brought about through cerebral palsy, which together are responsible for my learning difficulties. Autism is the reason for my affected senses. I have difficulty in processing every day sensory information. My senses are mainly over sensitive, but can be both, evident at different times.
My sensory issues always have always had a profound effect on my life; even as a child, but it’s not something I knew about. My sometimes-intensive behaviour is linked to sensory sensitivities. My anxiety is as a result of sensory and information overload.
I deal with stress and anxiety, because I deal with sensory and information overload through autism. I often have too much information to process at once, and as a result of that I shut down. I struggle with coordination, multitasking and motivation, which are part of autism too.