I started my journey at age 20 towards finding out what is "wrong" with me. So far I've seen psychs and so on for issues that seem very much akin with the hypersensitivities associated with SPD. Most of the doctors and psychs act as though I'm making it up or just stare at me. I've undergone EEGs and repeated interviews. Nothing has come up. I'm now going to be making that trek to the doctor YET AGAIN with another symptoms checklist (that of SPD) to see if perhaps someone can evaluate me for this.
That said, my question is pretty simple: I've been underweight my whole life. I rarely feel hungry. When I do, it is usually after a snack. I won't eat for days on end simply because it does not occur to me that I am hungry and, when asked if I've eaten, I'll respond with something akin to "I must have. I feel full."
Is this a possible symptom of SPD? Or should I be looking elsewhere for information on this? If this is the case, how do I learn how to eat when not hungry, as eating when I am not hungry makes me feel ill?The SPD Help Line Answers
In isolation this could be an issue not related to SPD, but more “medically” related… what it would be specifically, I wouldn’t know. But, if you feel you have other signs of SPD, this certainly can be one of the symptoms. The interoceptive sense is what you are talking about. It deals with the more “autonomic nervous system” issues and that of internal organ receptors… hunger, thirst, digestion, sleep/wake cycles, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate,
etc. Do you have issues with any other internal receptors, those of the interoceptive sense as mentioned above? If so, this may indeed be related to the sensory receptors within these organs.
I am curious to know which symptoms on the SPD Checklist (regular or adult checklist) you are experiencing. If you can let me know, perhaps I can direct you further or give you an initial opinion about whether this may be related to SPD or something else. Can you respond in the comments box below with some other specific symptoms from the checklist?
Also, if you are investigating SPD as a possible diagnosis, make sure you get yourself to an Occupational Therapist for an evaluation. They will be the ones who do the assessment and diagnosis. To find one, please read How To Find An Occupational Therapist For SPD
and make sure to click on the link for the SIPT Certified OT database in that article. You can find your state and find OT’s experienced in sensory integrative theories, assessment and treatment. Let me know if you do/don’t find one near you.
You may be on to something here. And, as far as eating when you are not hungry… IF it is SPD, your hunger signals and appetite should improve with therapy. But, I do have to be honest, the interceptive sense tends to be the most challenging to change… so it will take some time for sure! Meanwhile, you may also want to go see a nutritionist for some tips and tricks regarding how to best handle this. Possibly even an endocrinologist too.
I hope this helps some.
Looking forward to your response.
Take good care.