Anyone else? Child forgets about his injury?

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    • #68146
      PocoPer
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      I’m just wondering if this is par and parcel of ADHD. My young son just injured his ankle. We’ve since found out it was a fracture. Many times if he puts weight on it, it will hurt and I’ll see his face cringe with the pain. But sometimes he’ll walk on it like it’s nothing. When I call his attention to it, he’ll tell me he “forgot.” It almost makes me wonder what’s true and what’s not. I HATE doubting my child especially when in other areas he has not given me a reason to. So I’m wondering–can someone “forget” their pain momentarily if they have ADHD?

      Thanks!

    • #68190
      Penny Williams
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      My son had a weak of awareness of pain before he started taking ADHD medication. Now on stimulants, he is acutely aware. I think feeling pain or awareness of pain is controlled by neurotransmitters, so it makes sense that ADHD might change it for some.

      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #68222
      anomalocaris
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      Never heard of any connection between pain sensitivity and ADD, but I have ADD and a high capacity for tolerating pain. I don’t generally have the option of getting injuries treated, nor do I have paid sick leave, or a car to get me to work. So, I just figured that having suffered any number of injuries and illnesses without medical care I had just gotten used to dealing with pain. I had a recent leg injury that looked really ugly, but … I have over a mile walk to work and no paid sick leave, so for a week I was walking 2 miles a day on it. Like they said in the old Kung Fu TV series: “Of course it hurts. The trick is not minding.” Finally got to see a doctor in a free clinic. He was shocked when he saw the state of it and said I was probably going to need orthopedic surgery. I didn’t need surgery after all, but apparently my response was way out of proportion to the severity of the injury, and I could have done severe damage by ignoring the pain and continuing to walk on it. So, maybe there is some connection between ADD and high pain tolerance.

      • #68574
        PocoPer
        Participant

        Thank you for your insight. Hearing from people with personal experiences is such a help. I suspect there is something with high pain tolerance and ADHD, however interesting this morning I found an article about pain sensitivity with ADHD. Maybe there’s a few variations with this.

        Since you seem to experience similar to what my son is, but can articulate much better–may I ask: Is there anything that would help “remind” you when you shouldn’t be walking on an injury? I am trying to find the secret key into my son’s mind so that we can help him keep this info at the front and not file it away too deeply!

    • #68581
      anomalocaris
      Participant

      Thinking hard about this one, because in most cases, I simply have no choice. “Stay off it” sounds so simple. I even have crutches. But you can’t use crutches and carry things, so if I want to eat, I have to drop the crutches to carry my plate. If I want to feed my feline and chelonid “kids” I have to carry their dishes. If I want clean clothes, I have to carry the laundry. Having a cane or crutches, though, is a reminder for me. I may start to get up and then see the crutches and remember to grab them. I wonder, in your son’s case, though, if another solution might be better. What about talking to the doctor about having him use a walking boot for most or all of the day? That way he can actually walk on it safely. Normally they wouldn’t put you to that expense for less than a fracture, but the doc might consider it under the circumstances. Another possible solution that would be a lot cheaper would be to put something in his sock. That way, he’ll be bothered by that before he lands enough weight on the ankle to do any harm.

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