Cyclical Sensory problems

by ak
(massachusetts)

Hi there,


I'm 39 and have been dealing with pretty extreme sensory processing problems for most of my life... in the two weeks before my period. The other two weeks of every month I feel relatively "normal", I guess, not counting all the little oddities like repeated movements, distinct, urgent preferences regarding which direction to walk in or having to spin around to my left when no one is looking, etc.

It's the two weeks of ovulation when I have extreme touch sensitivities, plus noise and light, plus many other things mentioned on this site. The other day, just seeing the texture of a band-aid made me panic, last week it was a teacup.
Does anyone else have a similar experience regarding their cycle?
thanks!

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Sensory or OCD?
by: Anonymous

Hi I am an Occupational Therapist who has worked with many children with SPD and I also have a daughter with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), some of the things you are describing sound a lot like OCD to me. My daughter has urges to touch things, to twirl, to only be able to walk around people or objects certain ways. OCD is an anxiety disorder so the panic you feel when looking at a bandaid could be explained by that also.

If you do some research and think it possibly sounds like you, there is a great book called "Brain Lock" by Dr Jeffrey Schwartz... it is awesome. OCD is helped by sensory type activities also , such as large gross motor movements, jumping on a tramp, swimming, bike riding etc... Hope this helps

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