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Sensory Processing Disorder and Migraines

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great holiday. We did, although it was quiet because of illness. We had some great family together, which is important.  We also dealt with a few things over the holidays concerning monkey and his disabilities which is why I want to talk to you today.

A lot of people don’t understand when I tell them monkey has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and many believe monkey is just acting up to act up because he’s six which isn’t the case. There are issues regarding SPD (real issues) that many people call excuses.

SPD Facts

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults.
  • At least one in twenty people in the general population may be affected by SPD.
  • In children who are gifted and those with ADHD, Autism, and fragile X syndrome, the prevalence of SPD is much higher than in the general population.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder has unique sensory symptoms that are not explained by other known disorders.

New Years day monkey woke up with another migraine and this time it was bad. He immediately began vomiting and refused to drink anything.  So off to the ER we went.  It was like a full moon I tell you. The hospital was super busy.

Now monkey is no stranger when it comes to hospitals. He’s been poked and prodded since he was born, being a Children’s Hospital baby and them not knowing what was initially wrong with him before we got his diagnosis of mild CP, early onset bipolar disorder and SPD.  Still, as parents it is never easy to see your child in pain, ill and not knowing the underlying cause of their discomfort.

After waiting for over 9 hours and finally getting a referral to see a ped’s specialist. I began wondering if monkey’s SPD was somehow linked to his getting migraines.  He’s sensitive to light and sounds and perhaps too much gaming or watching tv is causing a connection between SPD and his headaches.

Symptoms of SPD our monkey suffers from

  • Problems eating and sleeping
  • Refusing to be left alone with anyone but myself or dad
  • Irritable when getting dressed (although this has gotten much better with age)
  • Sensory with clothing and materials (again this is getting better)
  • Resists cuddling, arching away when being hugged
  • Motor delays
  • Over sensitive to loud noises (wears ear phones in school) to help with concentration
  • Sensitive to smells, other people and foods
  • Difficulty at times making friends
  • Sometimes in everyone’s face and space
  • Frequent tantrums when things don’t go right
  • Easily overwhelmed
  • Unaware at times of pain or other people

I don’t know if migraines are linked or not. We have an appointment this week to see a specialist so I will keep everyone posted. If your child has SPD though and are getting migraines, don’t leave it. It’s not common for young children to suffer with severe migraines and there could be an underlying problem. So be sure to get it checked out!

Thanks for reading!

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