Wow, lots of deep thinking going on in the last few posts!
Anyway, just to update you all - I do have a diagnosis now of Aspergers Syndrome. I'm not at all surprised. I can see so much of me in my son - he's like me but more so! All of the difficulties I have, he has but more so. All of the issues he has, I used to have, and some I still struggle with and others I have learnt to cope with. My word it's complicated isn't it???
All I do know is that some of my HMS symptoms are also ASD symptoms. I guess it's cos I am sensitive in many ways. One example is the sound sensitivity I have... due to the HMS I can hear every little annoying sound, but due to the ASD certain sounds literally make me scream as I can't mentally deal with hearing them! Sometimes I wish I could wear earmuffs to block out sounds I hate, but it's not exactly acceptable in my job!
I really think my daughter also has both but she has no diagnoses. She does have hypermobile joints and I'm giving her advice on how not to hyperextend them. She has also has a whole range of ASD traits for years but she's never totally met the criteria for a diagnosis.
I don't think there are easy answers for any of us. It seems quite clear that HMS and ASD are co-morbid (my psychologist told me they are as well) but at this point I don't think it will help anyone to try and deconstruct why as we are not medical researchers. It could make an interesting research topic for an academic though!
One thing I would really like is to contact some other adults who have Aspergers as I only know children that do. So if any of you would like to message me, that would be really great! (I know there are AS forums out there but they are scary for me so I'm sticking to what I know!) I'm just really super happy now that I know for definite that EVERYTHING I have problems with can be attributed to one of my conditions, so it's not just me being weird...
Anyway, like I say if anyone wants to chat, message me, that would be great.
Oh, and a belated Happy New Year!
All the best,
notsparkly (A Happy Bendy Aspie)