Brad, I too have wondered if I have Asperger's. I think all I have is a mild case of OCD. It used to be really bad when I was a child, I had to count and touch things "evenly", if I bumped my right elbow, I would have to bum the left, ect. I made myself stop. I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, so I take adderally now to stay awae, and I find it's making my OCD come creeping back, but I can keep it down to a minimum. I work in a medical laboratory, and I have found my attention to detail and obsession over learning about medical condiitions to have really helped me in my career. In fact, a lot of people that work in laboratories are different in some way, I think over 50% have at least mild OCD and many of us have some social issues. You might want to look into that.
My son is 3 years old. He was born 12 weeks premature due to a birth defect where his intestine ruptured. He was in the NICU for 94 days. He developed dysphagia with silent aspiration at 16 months when I weaned him from breastfeeding. He developed 6 food allergies, but he grew out of some, now he is down to 2. We were told he should grow out of his "preemie" developmental delays by age 2, but that wasn't to be. He is a year delayed in speech, and motor skills, and requires thickener to drink safely. He also has has chronic sinusitis and ear infection, which cause temporary hearing loss contributing to his speech delay. ONe day a few months ago he got a high fever and I started noticing he was stopping and his eyes would roll back. The first time I didn't make much of it, but it happed 5 times that day. When I took him to his ENT for that ear infection, he referred my son to a neurologist. Turns out after extensive testing he has absence epilepsy. The neuro said the constant "blackouts" may be contributing to his delay, so we started him on Zarontin. He has been acting out for a year now, first it was hitting. Now for the past few months he has been biting. He got kicked out of 2 daycare centers (the ones who only take "perfect" children). Weird, they only had well off white kids at those centers. Obviously they didn't want anyone different. They bitched about the special food and drinks, and hitting was the last straw. His b-day is in January, which is when he left early steps to go into an EELP program. He has made huge progress in his speech, and now instead of just naming things, he actually uses some sentences. I don't like my son's neurologist. I am thinking of transferring him to my neurologist, who happens to be an epileptologist, and finding a better pediatric neuro for him. Any suggestions of a good neuro would be helpful. He also just got diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, which is where you esophagus kinda gets ulcers from the food you eat that you are allergic to and is painful. Now we have to find out what other food he is allergic to that he is not testing positive for with the standard tests.
My son has been screened for autism countless times, but always tested negative. But he does share some similarities, food allergies, epilepsy, speech delay, and stereotypity(sp?). He is obsessed with train gates, not trains, just the actual gate, and he sometimes whips his head side to side when excited. His new pediatrician says his is too delayed for just being a preemie, something else is going on. He is very social, cuddly, and will make eye contact. Severe allergy and autoimmune conditions are huge on my side of the family. My mom, sis and I have narcolepsy, which is autoimmune, and I also have interstitial cystitis which is autoimmune. Myself, my son and my mom have severe allergies, we are allergic to almost everything they test us for, though he is the first with food allergy. Epilepsy is also thought to be possibly autoimmune. So is autism. Something to think about.
My son has many diagnoses, but nothing to connect the dots. Maybe the trauma of being hospitalized, having 3 surgeries on his intestines, 2 surgeries on his ears, tonsils adenoids and sinuses (a third sinus and ear surgery is scheduled for this month), just not being able to hear half the time, the pain from his esophagus, ears and sinuses, and the constant blackouts from the seizures are just too much for him, causing him to act out. As I was typing this, I got a call from the principal at his EELP school that he just bit a kid and we have to go pick him up. Ugg!!! I don't know what to do with him, he seems on the outside to be fine.