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Mon May 07, 2012 5:48 pm

I have Aspergers, and I have struggled with a few things over the years (I'm 32 now, and just got an official diagnosis). One of my obsessions when I became aware of Aspergers was researching Asperger's Syndrome itself. I did intense research many hours a day, I made a summary of all I learned and noted all the test results I got from any and all online tests.

Now to the topic, I thought I knew it all by now, but then I read about sensory overload and that its not only touch, tastes, textures in the mouth, movements, loud sounds or lights. No, its temperature aswell. A little known fact around the internet it seems, but I have seen some threads about it here on wrongplanet.net today(they were all old threads, so according to the rules I should start a new thread).

After reading a study done in Norway, I realized sensory issues are more common than I first thought. 39% of the 91 people in the study said they had alot of trouble with their sensory issues, 34% said they had some, and 27% had little to no trouble with their sensory issues.

I start to sweat if its warmer than ~21-22 C (~71 F), if I am in a social situation it only gets worse, because I start thinking about how they can see I am too warm, and therefore they must focus on me, and then I get even warmer because of my social anxiety and my fear of beeing the focus of the party.

I've always just considered myself out of shape when it comes to sweating easily, and beeing a viking when it comes to cold. I thrive in the vinter, I am one of the first to start wearing a t-shirt only when the snow is gone. But now I think it might be because of Aspergers, and that I simply thrive in another temperature. Am I just a penguin living in the desert with the camels?

I guess my questions are; Are there more like me out there? Are the any treatment to de-sensitize me to temperature differences? Are there more out there who sense the heat of another person very distinctly when they are 10 centimeters away? Could this condition of mine be something else? Are there steps to take to sweat less in social situations(thats the worst time to be sweating)?


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Mon May 07, 2012 6:01 pm

well I really can't offer you any answers, but I can tell you, you aren't alone. I'm very uncomfortable in warm temps, and I keep my home at a steady 70 degrees. I love the cold and often think I should relocate since I live in florida.


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Mon May 07, 2012 6:02 pm

Well, I AM sensitive to heat in so much that a slight change in temperature can leave me too hot/cold, hot weather makes me VERY ill and my RLS symptoms get worse during hot weather - my AS symptoms get worse in hot weather too but that may be more to do with my feeling ill and the RLS getting irritated by the heat rather than specifically about the AS.


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Mon May 07, 2012 6:06 pm

I have been told I am a hot person - it's like I am a human radiator sometimes! I certainly seem to have body temperature problems, in many cases I associate them with anxiety as I get hot and uncomfortable when I felt stressed or worried.

I've since been told that it can be due to hormonal imbalances - in my case a thyroid problem. Perhaps a rush of adrenaline can make the body go hot - like when you are anxious?

It can also be due to inflammation in the body - I have fibromyalgia and I find that when I'm flared up I feel uncomfortably hot.



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Mon May 07, 2012 6:14 pm

I can related but in the opposite. I am absolutely cold intolerant. I live in a warm climate so that I am content from mid spring to mid fall with the weather outside, but with air-conditioning I am uncomfortable inside of most buildings and I feel like I am turning into ice during the winter.

This does fall under sensory processing problems with AS.

I cope with my problems by looking silly hand wearing a coat everywhere, and even if I do not wear it I have it with me (even in the summer when it is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (~43 degrees Celsius) because of air conditioning in the buildings. I start wearing a coat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 degrees Celsius).

But where I can add layers, I am not sure what you can do to cope with the heat. Can you carry a re-useable icepack with you?


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Mon May 07, 2012 6:17 pm

Yes, sensitive to hot weather. Can go with 60F in the winter and 70F in the summer



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Mon May 07, 2012 6:18 pm

i am more sensitive to the cold than the heat. i wear a jacket in temperatures that may seem hot to other people.



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Mon May 07, 2012 6:54 pm

I seem to have a fairly high tolerance for both, relative to others I know. I live in an area that's fairly mild year-round, but I get lots of "aren't you cold??" comments in the winter.



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Mon May 07, 2012 7:01 pm

I am very sensitive to cold; I get cold very easily and I hate air conditioning in the summer. I often keep something long-sleeved around to put on inside in the summer. People look at me as if I'm crazy. If I come inside on a hot day and the air conditioning is turned up high, it makes my stomach really upset.


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Mon May 07, 2012 8:01 pm

I am also very sensitive to temperature. I have a narrow range of temperature where I can comfortably live, approximately 70-75 degrees F. If my environment drops below 70 or goes too far above 75 I have difficulty functioning.

The worst part is that I get cold very easily and take a while to warm back up, and living in WI means it is typically cold most of the year.



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Mon May 07, 2012 8:11 pm

Indoors, anything over around 70F generally makes me start to feel really sick. Funny enough, outside I can handle the heat no problem...even in 100 degree weather I'm ok as long as I have water. Indoors though, perhaps because of the reduced air flow or something, I just feel downright terrible. The cold doesn't bother me much, sure it makes me uncomfortable sometimes but unless it's extreme I never really feel 'bad'.



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Mon May 07, 2012 8:12 pm

Argh! Weather drives me crazy sometimes!! !!

My ideal weather would be between the 40's and the 80's, with a happy medium being in the mid 50's unless I don't have to run around.

My preference of weather extremes would have to be wind or rain, no snow or absolute heat. I cannot stand anything hotter than 85 degrees. :x


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Mon May 07, 2012 8:36 pm

I am extreamly intolerant to both hot and cold weather. When I'm outside I like it between 65F and 75F degrees and 70F degrees when I'm inside.



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Mon May 07, 2012 9:05 pm

On a tactile level I like warm weather (I like not being able to feel air moving over my skin as I move around), but it physically drains me (due to an autonomic nervous system problem).



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Mon May 07, 2012 9:21 pm

Blownmind wrote:
I have Aspergers, and I have struggled with a few things over the years (I'm 32 now, and just got an official diagnosis). One of my obsessions when I became aware of Aspergers was researching Asperger's Syndrome itself. I did intense research many hours a day, I made a summary of all I learned and noted all the test results I got from any and all online tests.

Now to the topic, I thought I knew it all by now, but then I read about sensory overload and that its not only touch, tastes, textures in the mouth, movements, loud sounds or lights. No, its temperature aswell. A little known fact around the internet it seems, but I have seen some threads about it here on wrongplanet.net today(they were all old threads, so according to the rules I should start a new thread).

After reading a study done in Norway, I realized sensory issues are more common than I first thought. 39% of the 91 people in the study said they had alot of trouble with their sensory issues, 34% said they had some, and 27% had little to no trouble with their sensory issues.

I start to sweat if its warmer than ~21-22 C (~71 F), if I am in a social situation it only gets worse, because I start thinking about how they can see I am too warm, and therefore they must focus on me, and then I get even warmer because of my social anxiety and my fear of beeing the focus of the party.

I've always just considered myself out of shape when it comes to sweating easily, and beeing a viking when it comes to cold. I thrive in the vinter, I am one of the first to start wearing a t-shirt only when the snow is gone. But now I think it might be because of Aspergers, and that I simply thrive in another temperature. Am I just a penguin living in the desert with the camels?

I guess my questions are; Are there more like me out there? Are the any treatment to de-sensitize me to temperature differences? Are there more out there who sense the heat of another person very distinctly when they are 10 centimeters away? Could this condition of mine be something else? Are there steps to take to sweat less in social situations(thats the worst time to be sweating)?


I haven't found any solutions to it. I have major climate sensitivity issues. Any temperature change up or down causes me all kind of problems for me. If I walk from warm air outdoors into an air-conditioned store, I get all dizzy and I can't breath, and have to turn around and go back outdoors. If I come from cold air outdoors in to a heated building I get an instant panic attack.

Being in any enclosed room where the temperature over 22C (71F) with a lot of people, will probable case me most of the same symptoms you describe. So yeah, I'm pretty sure it's an Asperger's thing.



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