Re: High Pain Tolerance in ADHD?
Aloha from Hawaii,
This is my second response to your post; I hope this goes thru.
The short version appears to be Yes, ADHD people do have a higher pain threshold. My now-15 year old son was diagnosed as a five year old. He has a very high pain threshold; he never cried when receiving shots, indeed, he barely noticed. Likewise, spills and tumbles never seemed to bother him. He recently fell off his moped -- it hurt because he had road burn, deep cuts with gravel, large bumps and deep black bruises. He complained only a bit and only for about five minutes, whereas I would have demanded morphine.
Other ADHD parents I have met thru-out the years report the same. These children do feel pain, so this issue is not life-threatening. Raising an ADHD child is way hard; at least we don't have children who unnecessarily whine or cry over small pain issues. We've never discussed this with his internist or psychiatrist: too many other, more important issues.
Good luck to you.