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    Question Anxity ? Unsure CP issue

    Hello friends I haven't been on a long while but I am so worried about Megan I don't know what to do or think, so I'm gonna post this here and on the CP page. I really need help
    Megan has CP on one side and barely uses the right hand, for many months now she has been having extreme anxiety combined with possible OCD issues. She is constantly looking at her hand and fingers, rubbing it and lately washing her hand consistantley . I took her to the doctor a few months ago and they did an x ray to be sure there wasn't anything broken and they were fine. She keeps calling the area a period and says there is blood and she needs to wash the blood away. She comes up to me full of anxiety and shaky but claims that there is no pain or itching, just keeps telling me period and blood. Recently she has been wanting to take a shower early in the afternoon and her anxiety is so bad I have to give in and let her take one, but this doesn't always calm her down. If we try to look at her hand she screams, I don't think there is pain, again it seems to be an anxiety issue. It's affecting her daily routine and is driving me crazy.
    At this point I am to assume that her hand is bothering her but because of her Autism I cannot get any answers from her as to what is wrong. Can someone with CP have strange feelings in there hand that are unexplainable? I know kind of a silly question but there is nothing I can do to help her the doctors are clueless. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    I have CP. I have never had anything like this so I am not an expert. I would guess it is some kind of sensory issue. Has anybody ever mentioned damage to her thalamus??? That area controls sensory perception and can be damaged in both people with CP and autism. From what I have been told these sensations are not pain,itching or the usual reasons but a feeling of “odd,disconnectedness” to the effected side that is hard to explain. These sensations can be disruptive and uncomfortable even though they are not pain. Also, is Megan old enough to be getting her period i.e her cycle? If so, I have a slightly crazy idea but perhaps she got her period, some of the blood ended up on her finger/hand on the effected side and it frightened her/disgusted her so now she thinks that side still has blood on it? She could have also injured the skin on the effected hand and it started bleeding when she used the effected side. Perhaps her skin there could be dry/thin and it sets off a sensory overreaction. When people have sensory difficulties the brain sends alerts for things that are not actually problems but feel very real so I would suggest trying to find a physical reason first and let your daughter feel validated in her concerns before automatically thinking it could be a mental issue. That being said, depending on the injury area in the brain some people with Cerebral Palsy can be prone to anxiety too.
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