Because of my emotional peculiarities, I don't defend myself. When attacked or rejected, I either retreat or I go into a funk. This makes it difficult to get proper health care. One time I felt very weak and unsteady. After finally getting access to health insurance, I was able to go to a doctor. He ran a few tests and found nothing. And therefore concluded that there was nothing wrong with me. Well, there WAS something wrong. I should have persisted and tried to get the doctor to learn more. But I could not defend myself; the doctor wasn't ordering any more tests, or making any more suggestions, so I retreated and stayed sick.
Fortunately, I now have a better doctor who listens more, but I *still* experience health problems that the doctors cannot find. Why? I do not know. But I do know that many autistics have unusual sensations -- sensory sensitivities, abnormal pain responses, etc. I wonder if when I experience a particular condition, I experience it differently than most.