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01 Nov 2023, 2:52 am

Than usual?
On a good day, I can get through life with minimal discomfort as far as sensory issues are concerned. I can go to the shops without headphones. Eat a variety of foods with different textures and tastes, even managing to navigate through loud construction areas.

On some days it feels like I can't do any of it, ambient sounds "hurt" different foods "hurt" going to shops "hurt" enough to send me into a meltdown.

While I'm not sure of the cause, I tend to sleep a lot more when this happens, so maybe it's a lack of sleep that causes this.



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01 Nov 2023, 4:13 am

Sensory issues are much worse when I'm tired, sick, stressed, etc.


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01 Nov 2023, 4:36 am

benjamin the donkey , yes, agreed, if I am rested and not under pressure I have much better days.. some days can be much worse than others, and those do seem to be when I am stressed, upset, exhausted, hungry, etc. Good point!


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01 Nov 2023, 7:10 pm

I know all my sensory issues get worse when I’m about to get a migraine.



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01 Nov 2023, 7:18 pm

The few sensory issues that I have definitely get worse when I'm tired.



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01 Nov 2023, 7:18 pm

Definitely! Some days I can handle Walmart. Other days I have meltdowns. I've started packing noise cancelling stuff to wear when I go there, along with a lanyard saying I'm sensitive to noise.

Also, I can go into my workplace on a day where I don't work, and no issues at all. Or only more minor ones. But put me there to work, and I'm very likely to be bothered by all the ambience. Heck, there are periods of time even when I'm working where my sensory issues are very minor..... other times they cause me to meltdown.


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01 Nov 2023, 7:36 pm

Yes. Definately varies. Normally I am not at all sensitive to lights, but when I was going through burnout I was. I was wearing sunglasses to drive in the winter at one time!


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01 Nov 2023, 7:56 pm

Yes.


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01 Nov 2023, 7:58 pm

I don't ever have good days or average days, but there's bad and worse.


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01 Nov 2023, 8:24 pm

Sorry to hear.

I was brain scanned (MRI?) to check I did not have fits because I mentioned getting mindblank when seeing doctors, and they didn't detect anything, but while I was there they asked if they could test if I was sensitive to light, and found I am not. But going back to when I was going through burnout and I know I was, and certain times on dull winter mornings when I was in school, and those bright strip lights were too much! Yet when I am calm and relaxed they just don't bother me at all!

So generally I have no light sensitive issues at all.

I do have smell sensitivities that cause shutdowns and yet again these can vary according to how I am feeling. If stressed with anxiety etc, it is amplified and it hits me in a partial shutdown and a shutdowwn form. And oddly, one or two smells that I found do this are pleasant smells. But smells that one would naturally not like such as the brown stuff, I may not want to smell them, but they don't cause me shutdown issues. (May do if extremely stressed but so would anything when that bad! :D ).

The odd thing is when I get internally stressed is I look calm to others on the outside. Why some people get surprized and think I was faking it.
I remember having so many continual shutdown issues where I last worked and I explained to a co-worker what I had been going through and he never knew. Yet I worked with him! No one knew! He was genuinely surprized! Though when in shutdowns I learned many years ago to hide them, by finding somewhere alone while I could still walk so that by the time I was collapsed on the floor I would not be seen. The toilet was such a place. Probably not hygenic spending time in a sort of vegetable-like paralized floppy state on the floor for 20 odd minutes, but I could make up an excuse when I recovered, where if I was caught out, it was harder to make an excuse. (Once was caught on the workshop floor in the warehouse and was just recovering when another member of staff czme in and saw me on the floor. Told him I had lost a screw or something! Had a lucky one there. (I never knew shutdowns had a name. Was never able to describe them in ways that others understood so I would try and hide having them).


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01 Nov 2023, 11:05 pm

They checked for fits on a scan?

Do you mean an EEG?


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01 Nov 2023, 11:10 pm

I wear dark glasses almost all of the time due to an automatic sensory overload where artificial lighting is present. Even in the winter...



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01 Nov 2023, 11:13 pm

Winter is worse than summer, because of the glare of sunshine on snow.
Leaves and foliage also absorb some of the light in summer.


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01 Nov 2023, 11:25 pm

I am sensitive to light, moreso than most people anyway.

Recently I got whacked in my eye and it left a scratch on my cornea.

While that was healing (a few days time), my light sensitivity was like 10 times worse. Even in my non-whacked eye.


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01 Nov 2023, 11:29 pm

Ouch! Sorry to hear about that injury!


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01 Nov 2023, 11:39 pm

I find wearing blue light blocking glasses cures my sensitivity to fluorescent lights. If I take them off for even a second I get a headache.