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Living with Autism


July 30, 2013

Troubleshooting Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism

Award Winning Non-Fiction Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog DirectoryImagine if you couldn't talk. Years passed. Couldn't tell anyone about your bouts of acid stomach or severe belly cramps. Time ticked on. Doctors didn't know you had recurrent shooting pain above your ear. Sudden throbbing headaches. Or in one case, "a child's decades-long severe (self-injurious behavior) SIB was found to be caused by a chronic painful mastoid infection." Source: Autism Research Institute, Vol. 19, No.1, 2005

Treating self-injurious behavior in non-verbal autistic persons doesn't have to a decades long nightmare.  Look for obvious signs. Know the person's baseline. Learn how they use SIB to communicate. IF an autistic person is self-abusing ALL day, something is very wrong. Don't blame it on the autism. It's NOT normal for autistic people to want to hurt themselves all day long, unless they are being tormented by acute, chronic or intermittent pain. 

Or something else is tormenting them, such as drug induced restless legs. Or undetected high blood pressure. You really do have to be a Sherlock Holmes when it comes to treating non-verbal autistic persons. There is simply no other way about it. 

It can't be overlooked that what is easily or moderately tolerated for us, is torture for some autistic people. Restless legs may be akin to your legs on fire. High blood pressure may feel like having a jack hammer in your body. A stuffy nose feels like you're suffocating. 

Because standard medical treatment carries many adverse side effects, try natural treatments. At least if that fails, you know you first tried something less invasive. 

Some alternative treatments for troubleshooting SIB:

1. Stomach Pain: Herbal teas with honey. (Don't use Peppermint Tea if person has acid reflux)

2. Headaches: Peppermint Oil on scalp and temples. Apply layer of Vaseline below temples to avoid Peppermint oil going into eyes. 

3. Restless Legs: Give a Magnesium drink. Massage legs. Check iron levels. Increase exercise and hydration. 

4. High Blood Pressure: See a doctor. Not something you want to ignore. However, garlic supplements can lower blood pressure. So can exercise. 

5. Insomnia: Melatonin. Calcium-magnesium. Gaba. Glycine.

6. Spots of Pain: Capsaicin cream applied VERY carefully. And in small dots. Read the directions. But no doubt, this is the quickest most effective topical pain relieving cream on the market.  It works. I've dotted in on my autistic son's neck when I suspected he slept too long in an uncomfortable position. It seemed to help. Don't apply before bathing. Or swimming. Water seems to super activate the capsaicin. It can cause burning sensation. 

7. Hypersensitive hearing: Give magnesium drinks. Apply ear plugs. Music therapy. 

8. Anxiety:  Liquid B-vitamins. Emergen-C packets. Epsom salt baths.

Sometimes the SIB may be so bad, you can't try any of the above. You have to take them to the doctor. Do tests. Rule out things. Guess. The point is you can't give up. Can't just dismiss everything and blame it on the autism. Be the Sherlock Holmes you need to be to make their lives happier and healthier. 


July 14, 2013

Could Banana Bags Help People with Autism Quickly Recover from Anesthesia?

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Novel Emerging Treatments in Anesthesia Should be Funded and Studied for People with Autism.

People with autism often have bad reactions after having anesthesia.

Yet, in order to get dental x-rays, teeth cleaned, dental fillings, or medical procedures or other medical tests completed, they must be sedated.

Autistic people don't react well to when their brains are sedated.

Keep in mind, they already try to navigate daily in an often scary and unpredictable world.

Thus, they feel safest and calmer when their brains are working at optimum level so they can better process the environment around them. Being sedated or recovering from anesthesia, doesn't help.

How can we help autistic patients in hospital settings who are recovering from general or dental anesthesia?

There's an inexpensive novel emerging treatment that could help rapidly restore brain homeostasis following anesthesia.

An IV Banana Bag. OR Vitamin B-12 Im injection before anesthesia.

Yes, an IV Banana Bag or IM injection of Vitamin B-12, may be a helpful intervention for autistic patients recovering from general anesthesia.

And help hospitalized autistic patients stay calm in a strange setting while receiving medical care or recovering.

The theory behind this is based on what is in the Banana Bag being able to rapidly restore homeostasis in the autistic body and brain.

An IV Banana Bag is typically 1 Liter of normal saline (0.9%) with:

Thiamine 100 mg
Folic Acid  1 mg
Multivitamin 1 amp
3 grams Magnesium Sulfate
Bag is infused over 4-8 hours as per physician's order

An IV Banana Bag post anesthesia could reduce dry mouth, brain fog, muscle cramps, confusion, lethargy and general malaise triggering agitation in an autistic patient.

I say all this from personal experience. My son's agitation and extreme self-injurious behavior following anesthesia have been reduced with Banana Bags. Is it the Thiamine? Magnesium? Or all the ingredients?

Is it because many people with autism have bad reactions to anesthesia because anesthesia triggers oxidative stress in autism?

And the vitamins in the Banana Bags minimize and help reverse oxidative stress?

Could also be that anesthesia inhibits methionine synthase.

Methionine could work synergistically with the B vitamins and Magnesium in Banana Bag  to restore homeostasis post anesthesia in some autistic patients.