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Dyspraxia and sensitive stomach.

Tue May 10, 2011 1:18 am

I have often wondered about this, as 90% of everyone I know with dyspraxia in real life seems to have really sensitive stomachs- including me. It makes sense to me, as alot of us are very sensitive on the outside, why not the inside?

I have a really good immune system- never had any real illness, antibiotics, hardly get ill, but when I do it is ALWAYS my stomach without fail that will 'go down' first. I have had gastroenteritis (sp?) when I was little, and if I do get ill its because of my stomach.

I am really susceptible to severe heartburn, bloatedness, wind, indigestion and constipation. I am VERY sensitive to processed foods if I eat them over a prolonged period of time of more than a couple of days, they worsen the above. I have ALWAYS been like this. I also find that a low processed diet improves my brain function (otherwise it feels lethargic and 'foggy' and I have found it much harder to remember to do stuff) so I try to limit crap and to eat very healthily. (Thankfully, I love cooking and so does my boyfriend). With my stomach I have always been very 'borderline' but as soon as I eat extremely healthily and have small portions I feel a massive difference. (I now limit white carbs due to this it is that obvious.)

I also have a nut allergy and are aware there is a casual correlation between allergic conditions and SpLd, including dyspraxia, but wondered whether anyone else feels the same.

I am sure my boyfriend is borderline dyspraxic (almost got diagnosed with as when younger) and he is exactly the same in this way.

Re: Dyspraxia and sensitive stomach.

Tue May 10, 2011 1:26 am

This is an interesting topic. I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (mainly the diarrhoea type) which I have intermittent episodes of. I would be interested to hear of others experiences.

Re: Dyspraxia and sensitive stomach.

Tue May 10, 2011 1:29 am

Interesting stuff Steph. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a causal correlation TBH.

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Tue May 10, 2011 4:15 pm

I have an intolerance to milk which can upset my stomach. I've only had this for the past 3/4 years.

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Wed May 18, 2011 6:21 pm

There are lots of things I can't stomache, but that's mostly because my diet alternates between termtime (wholegrains, pulses and vegetables) and home (Bread, meat and snackfoods), and my body has trouble with the transition, especially to the home diet. I also suffer from indigestion, but I put that down to far too much citrus. Stress really upsets my stomache, which I'm also told is perfectly normal.

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Wed May 18, 2011 8:06 pm

I dont have any issues with my stomach, but always put that down to the fact that my parents feed me nutritionally good food when i was younger :D

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Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:13 pm

I can eat anything lol... I get gas but that proably due to ethier fizzy drinks or eat everything lol. xx

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Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:21 pm

Like Steph I have IBS. I know there is a largely theoretical link to food intolerence and austim, and as dyspraxic is obviously so closely related it's not surprising really.

I know a big one is intolerence to lactose or dairy products which is linked to autism, interestingly enough, my cousin who has classic autism pretty much ONLY eats about three things, two of them dairy. When taken to the doctors it was confirmed he was not malnourished despite his extremely restricted diet. The Doctor mentioned that in some autistic people, the food they can eat they can eat almost exclusively and somehow not become malnourished. Bit of a separate point but on the topic and interesting.

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Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:40 pm

I've heard that gluten intolerance is common in people with Aspergers Syndrome

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Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:59 pm

I often get diarrhea but not from an actual illness. It's whenever I've eaten Indian food (I am half Indian) maybe the oil? Spices? It would be interesting if it is actually linked to Dyspraxia. I always eat wholegrain bread so I don't know what would happen if I didn't.

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Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:16 pm

When I was really I had problems with drinking water. To the point after i drank it i would throw up and I had to go on a drip in hospital because I just couldn't seem to stomache the water. (which is bit weird since water should be a easy thing to keep down.)

I also had problems with throwing up food that would contain alot of iron and I ending up having to take iron medicine.

I'm not sure why I could not eat simple things that most people find easy to eat, I just think It take me a while to get use to knew foods. A few weeks ago when i tried ham I felt really sick but know I love it in toasties. (I still don't like it on its own)

This might have just been fussy eating when I was younger, but it never explained why i threw up.

Re: Dyspraxia and sensitive stomach.

Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:34 pm

I used to throw up due to food preferences. Cooked apple springs to mind imediately, as a dinner lady seemed to think I'd like it if I tried it again...
I think it was just fussy eating and the taste though as raw apples have never made me ill, and lately I tried mince pies and was fine (still hate both the taste and texture if not heavily disguised)
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