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Son with Asperger's other symptoms

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  • Posted By: Momof2sonswithautism
  • January 5, 2009
  • 04:23 AM

I've been struggling with my 9 year old with Asperger's bladder problems and sleep issues for years. I am only now beginning to think they might be related. My husband thought that maybe it's the medication he's been taking (focalin xr). I do believe that can effect his sleep pattern, but he's had bladder control problems on and off since before he was on medication. But, this past week he didn't have the focalin and still had some trouble sleeping. I'm not sure what to do. Is there some other disorders that mimic autism that includes the symptoms of bladder control insomnia and ADD?

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  • Hi. How long have the bedwetting episodes gone on? Did it begin suddenly, or has he always had episodic bouts of bedwetting? When do they happen in the night? Is he continent during the day? Have you done fluid restriction? Has he received a med workup for the enuresis? Any stress at home? If he is having trouble sleeping, on nights he has trouble sleeping, does he also wet the bed? How much sleep does he get? Is he sleepy during the day? In general how is the sleep hygeine at your house?You mentioned Asperger's, how did you get that diagnosis? Is he delayed? Did he hit milestones? Is he in regular classes at school or special education classes?Thanks
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 5, 2009
    • 07:58 AM
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  • He's always used sleep pants at night. He has day wetting as well, so I've been focusing on that first. He sometimes goes for a week at a time without day wetting and then he wets again. I have taken him to a specialist and I am going back for an ultrasound and follow up appointment. He has had an ultrasound before and the only thing they found is that he has only one kidney. However, this next ultrasound will be more advanced.He was diagnosed with Aspergers by a neurologist in first grade. He is currently in regular classes. He hit most of his milestones on time, but had a drooling problem up until about 4. His issues are mainly social.He has a bit of stress at home-he has two brothers and a sister to contend with, but nothing out of the ordinary. He is and has not been abused.I keep a fairly regular sleeping schedule. We read to him, and send him to bed about 8 but it sometimes takes him up to two hours to get to sleep.
    Momof2sonswithautism 1 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 04:33 AM
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  • i have aspergers too and other mental disorders are common with it. Especally A.D.D. the insomnia could be related. For the bladder thing, you said he was born with one kidney? thats probablly why hes having bladder problems. However autism alone does not cause physical abnormalities such as having one kidney. The one kidney is probablly unrelated but its possible that all the conditions are caused by a genetic chromozone defect such as klienfelters syndrome, williams syndrome or something like that which can cause autism and phyisical abnormalitys. to find out if he has a chromozone abnormality he will need a karyotype test. Im not sure if i spelt that right.
    Senatorcarl 1 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 08:46 AM
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  • My son who will be 15 next week was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 9 and is still wetting himself. This problem is only during the day and is usually associated with his mind being intensely involved with something. He does have other issues such as Pervasive Developmental Disorder and ADHD, but is in a regular school setting in which he does fairly well. The wetting is getting rather old and I certainly thought he would have outgrown it by now. I have talked with several doctors about this and their feeling is that if it is not happening during the night, then the problem is not a medical one, but a behavioral/psychological one. Were seeing a new psychiatrist next week, and I will ask his opinion on this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 04:21 PM
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  • I agree with Senatorcarl. Your kids need to see a geneticist. Having one kidney is called "renal agenesis." It can run in families, and it can be associated with other genetic problems. A geneticist can help you sort out what's going on.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • January 7, 2009
    • 05:20 PM
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