Chronic pain can be hugely debilitating
both a physical and psychological perspective, especially when it is medically ‘invalidated’. For people who were previously active and enjoyed physical movement/exercise, the pain and instability associated with these conditions can lead to dysregulation.
Without formal medical identification, those who experience it are often undermined and overlooked, and expected to participate fully in activities where their pain is made worse.
Recent and current research identifies a strong correlation between being neurodivergent and some conditions that are considered ‘rare’, but are very common in autistic and other neurodivergent people.
These include Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome), and Endometriosis.
The links are not yet clearly understood, and further research is being undertaken.