Over sensitive hearing, smell and touch

by Annette
(Perth, western Australia)

Hi _ my daughter is 6 years old. Has suffered from Chronic constipation and withholding since a baby.


She is hypersensitive to touch, hates having her hair washed, brushed put in bunches etc. Sound, every little noise drives her mad, even someone biting their nails, smells everything and will not taste new food. She lives on breakfast cereal, bread, chicken nuggets.

We have always put the hypersensitivities down as a link with the constipation as she has had to have so much medical intervention over the years.

She is a very bright child academically, but hates new situations and will go into herself if she is not happy with things..

She is also very stubborn, hates sport especially if its noisy and lots of people around.

In a situation where she is comfortable she is very confident and will happily talk out loud with her classmates. makes that audience bigger and she cries, chews her fingers and shakes.

Is any of this a sign of an illness? and what can we as parents do to help.

She is a most beautiful girl and we hate to see her struggle with these things and not enjoy life fully.

Thanks for your help

Annette

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May 07, 2016
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highly sensitive
by: Anonymous

sounds like Fibromyalgia

Sep 03, 2015
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Celiac Disease
by: Anonymous

This sounds exactly like me, when I was a child. I am a Celiac. It's certainly worth getting tested or trying the diet.

Jun 25, 2015
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Brian Highways- helped our son
by: Anonymous

Please check out Brainhighways.com
It has been life-changing for our son who was diagnosed with ADHD and sensory processing disorder. :):):)

May 15, 2015
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Help
by: Les17Anonymous

What the heck is wrong with us! I can't take this!

Apr 13, 2015
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blessing for the most part
by: T Redmond

I have always been able to hear thing most cant. I have been able to smell things most people cant or I can smell it long before someone else can.
Im very sensitive to touch. Im also ocd with certain touches either for the good or bad not much in between.

For one example I was able to smell something burning for a week. Kept talking of it to the point I got in trouble. Next thing Im being pulled out of school told my house caught fire. The whole kitchen was gone.

I enjoy most of what I can do. With the exception of hearing. if sound is loud an close to me, It make me shake and it hurts bad. But I can hear things a lot of people cant. Has helped when someone was trying to get into my house to hurt someone. I knew where he was by being able to hear him. no one else in the house could hear him. I could smell him as well, in certain positions pending the wind.

There are times that these things can drive me up a wall so to speak and I have to leave and I cant take it. Like the hum of a fridge, If its to loud I have to unplug it. Its like sensory overload. the pain in my head. I cant handle a lot of whit noise. Fans ocean noises on a CD. Air conditioners furnace. it is very difficult for me. If someone hold my hand for example and rubs my hand or just touch in the same spot for a short time hurts. makes that spot soar for a couple days like a bruise.

other stimuli is so wonderful. like a gift. to be able to smell flowers or the pine from a tree. Fresh sir after a rain. to be able to hear to the point of being able to help someone. Like that little kitten that was trapped in a fence we took in and nursed. so for me its a love hate. But for the most part I have learned what to avoid and love what I can do. Its a blessing. Except when I go down the laundry isle of a store that is terrible. I can smell it when I walk in the door.

Nov 24, 2014
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I guess I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

I am 46 years old and have had sensitivity to light,sound,and smells all my life.I am also affected by textures and colors.My husband laughs when I tell him that the color burgundy makes me feel hot.I can not breath through my mouth if there is any dust,powder,talc near me,even if it's on TV!!!! I can not breathe!.There are some colors I can not even look at,they make me dizzy.I can smell a banana or guava a mile away.We do not use anything scented in my home.No perfumes,colognes,nail polish,etc. if I smell any of this I get an instant migraine headache,I can not turn my head rapidly without getting very dizzy.I have learned to live with all of this but I feel that I have missed out on life,I avoid going outside because the light hurts my eyes.I also have never liked crowds,so no games or concerts for me.I am a very sensitive person and an empath.My scalp is also very sensitive,I can not wear a headband without getting a headache ,wearing sunglasses is painful too.Now that I write this down it all sounds so awful and it's funny that if you'd ask me I would say that I'm a very healthy person,Ha,ha,ha! I guess it's always been part of my life and most people that know me don't know about all this stuff.

Oct 06, 2014
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Please help!!!
by: Anonymous

Oh my!!! I have just started having many of the symptoms described here. Plus all my life i have been very sensitive to sound. I am also a musician and play several instuments and can pick out and seperate each sound, instrument, and pick out their notes very easily by ear. I just started noticing very sensitive to smells too. But most terrifying is that recently i cant stand any textures on the palms of my hands: clothing especially, even the steering wheel of car. Plus the bottom of my feet are equally as sensitive. In researching this i have found the symptoms may be from a brain tumor, MS, or others...several symptoms i have had in addition are the same in both. Im kind of scared! What is it that is wrongvwith me???!!!

Mar 24, 2014
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OSD and love it (most of the time)
by: spydermn

I never thought anything of my being able to smell what others don't or can't, being sensitive to the slighted tone being out of pitch, or loving/hating the feeling of fabrics (hating the feeling of static with an almost savant like passion).

It has been a wonderful blessing most of the time. I love food and music. I became a concert violinist holding the coveted first chair for years because of my need for perfection. I was a chef while in school making great food because of my ability to smell and taste so much more than others.

It has not always been pixies and fairies. I am emotionally sensitive to failure (I beat myself up bad for doing wrong or failing). I have anxiety that caused insomnia for about a decade. As previously stated I have a almost phobic hatred of static cling. I will stop what I am doing to find a store with Static Guard to get rid of it to the extent of being late to events of all kinds.

I have been able to harness my "affliction" or beat it down in almost all ways except the static thing.

It seems most of the posts here are negative, but I have two quotes that I live by "I don't come up with reasons I can't; I come up with reasons I can" and "Don't regret what you have done, only what you haven't". Tell your little one to harness the gift they have been given and do great things!!!

Jun 13, 2013
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Have you considered
by: Susan

I have had sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and tactile issues with fabrics my whole life. I don't want to scare anyone but for me these issues increased over time. You do learn how to live with these sensitivities. You choose the way you live, where you live, what you do, what work you do and where. You learn to control them just as you do allergies, staying away from what aggravates them. I just wish that I could have found an office setting without coffee permeating the entire space, it makes me sick to my stomach. You should check out the sensory disorders gifted children often have and the connection people with fibromyalgia have to the same issues. You can create environments to control symptoms and my suggestion is to allow the child to lead you into ways of helping them.

Feb 11, 2013
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wow
by: Martin

could this be the answer to my problems...i am 43 and struggled all my life with what my doctor always puts down to anxiety or depression(easy answer) i am positive that the real answer lies elsewhere and that i get depressed because i get anxious in certain situations that would normally hold no fear for (normal) people...i, like the people before me can hear everything,loud noises. or shouting even people eating. makes me angry ,and my eyes are constantly scanning..this makes me dizzy if its a new place...DOES THIS MAKE SENSE :(

May 20, 2012
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Manic
by: Michael

I have read the threads and have found the painful sensitivity to light, sound, touch and noise to be similar to my condition. It seems to be related to sensory overload which is also a symptom of the manic phase of bipolar disorder. The benefit is greater creativity, but my main concern is how to turn it off for a little while. Even less sensitivity would be nice.

May 05, 2012
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by: Anonymous

My son has this disorder it's called over sensory disorder. The constipation may be because your child eats only fiber and protein and she is in need of other nutrients like magnesium. Most people are deficient in magnesium so I recommend putting her on a multi-vitamin supplement and an extra dose of magnesium in the amount your doctor recommends. I myself had the same issue and once the magnesium was into my diet my bowels cleared. You also need to add more water to her diet to flush out the fiber. My son still has issues with using the bathroom. He doesn't like to sit down at all and avoids the feel of being wiped. I also recommend an occupational therapist to begin sensory integration therapy. She needs to eat other foods. It may not be pleasant and it does take time but she needs to be able to eat other things for her health. My son only liked peanut butter for the looongest time. Now he eats fruits and vegetables and prefers them. Don't give up mama. I know it's hard. I'm there too.

Dec 04, 2011
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Advice please
by: Anonymous

hello . this page is a couple of years old so i may not get a reply bu here goes.. My daughter is six years old and has massive problems with sensitivity..she hates tight clothes, labels ,tags ect.. she also hates noises and foggy days, the feel of her skin after a bath,she hates the texture of conditioner, she doesn't like bright nail varnish !!she cant even look at it she says it hurts her eyes??. My daughter is a very kind loving girl, she has a best friend who she is very affectionate with!! but she doesn't seem to want anymore friends. She was born without fingers on her hand and has had a tough time, maybe this is too do with it?? All i know is that we need some help and advice . xx

Aug 14, 2011
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OSD Dissorder
by: Anonymous

It is called Over Sensory Disorder. My 6 yr old has it as well. She has everything you described and they also love being in boxes and cubby holes and or some hate it. Mine loves it. She can pick out a sound nobody else can hear until she points it out and makes us listen close and always needs to know what it is. She still puts things in her mouth and touches everything all the time a new environment especially. Im told its how she gets information and just seeing it is not enough. she is also sensitive to feelings and emotions both hers and other people.

Jun 08, 2011
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I am the same way..and wanting answers
by: Anonymous

I am a 20yr old who has been struggling with ear problems all of my life. I was born with mininjitis and as I get older my symptoms of the sensitive hearing and smells progress to get worse. Any little sound such as popping gum will drive me up the wall. As for smells I can smell a mile away. Smells seem to travel through my vents and I lose sleep and I spend too much money on candles and air freshener. Is there any hope??

Apr 19, 2011
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sensitive haring and smell.
by: Anonymous

Do you all have any suggestions on how to treated this diseases? My husband also have this similar disorder. He's driving me nuts.

Jan 19, 2011
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Rule out food sensitivities
by: Anonymous

My nephew had the same kind of symptoms and they thought he might be autistic. It turned out it was all related to undiagnosed food sensitivities/allergies. Once they got his diet fixed, he was a new boy. It was magic.

Jun 06, 2010
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Sensory Integration Disorder
by: Anonymous

I know this was posted over a year ago, but I have a son that is overly sensitive to things as well that just got diagnosed with sensory integration disorder. This could be what your child has. I had passed it on to him and maybe to my other two kids as well. They both are oversensitive to things as well but not as extreme as my middle one. I also have tendencies where little things just drive me nuts. Touch, sound, light, smells. I have learned to deal with it but also have an anxiety disorder that might have derived from it.

Going on about my son and how we are going to help him is through occupational therapy. That is what the doctor suggested to see what would help him calm down and what causes him to fly off of the handle. We took him to a child developmental clinic this last month after years of dealing with his outbursts and aggressions. He also chews on his fingers often which I think is part of being overwhelmed by his environment (dermatophagia. I hope this has helped you even though you probably have already figured it out by now.

May 10, 2009
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Research HSP
by: Anonymous

It seems your daughter fit the characteristics of what psychologist are calling Highly Sensitive People or HSP and at her age, she is showing early signs. Do not fret, it is not a disorder. People who fit in this category are a little more sensitive or acute to the environment, emotions, and energy around them, and yes food. They might be a little more intuitive and spiritual than others. They tend to be more conscientious and observant of their surroundings;people who assess the situation before jumping in. They tend to be the "artsy" creative type. Things of that nature.

As she gets older, she might be seen as shy, timid, or an introvert when really she is not. I know because I'm one of those people..

It is important at her age that you make her feel comfortable with those characteristics and not let her feel like she is different as in our culture, being an introvert might seem like a bad characteristic. What you really have is a daughter who will grow up to be more compassionate and more aware of the world around her. I'm not an expert but someone who read on characteristic type so make sure to look up HSP and materials on the subject matter. Remember, your daughter is perfectly normal : )

Mar 29, 2009
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Over sensitive hearing, smell and touch
by: Anonymous

Sounds like your child has sensory issues....

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