Tough case. We have 5 children and we have always purposefully downplay injuries just for this very reason. We have sometimes been criticized for being too cavalier. But our oldest (who is now 17) has always been a drama queen; so we made sure the others did not follow.
I don't think that reasoning with the child or telling him to stop during one of these episode is going to work very well. I may start with attention getting, but evolves into a power play between child and parent. The parent always seem to lose that battle. We have learned that distracting their attention away from the power play helps. For our little ones who are crying bloody murder, we always say something like, "I'm getting some ice cream, do you want some?" That seems to always stops the tirade. I know that this is bribery in a covert way, but it tends to work. Distracting them seems to work for other power play scenarios too.
After the child is calm, then you can reason and explain to them about how to appropriately display their discomfort.
Hope this helps and thank you.
Sensory abnormalities can be very difficult to diagnose. The incidence of hyperesthesia is not known. There really aren't good "normal" values for different age groups in terms of testing hyperesthesia. Many are doing relative testing. That is, they test both sides of the body and measure against each other. Each body part is measured compared to the exact opposite body part (and area). Measurements are made based on threshholds for pressure, warm, and cold. It turns out that this relative method is the best for measuring hyperesthesia. This would be done by a neurologist or pain specialist.
Treatments for hyperesthesia include analgesics, antidepressants and anticonvulsants.
Do you think that his episodes are real or a put-on? Have you noticed if his apparend excessive complaints occur on only one side of the body?
If you think that this is a possibility, it would not hurt to look into testing.
I agree with you. I don't think testing is needed either. I mentioned it since you asked about the hyperesthesia angle.
I'll opt out and transfer it back to the parenting category.
Good luck and thank you.
Sorry, I can't change category for you since I am only on stage I. Hopefully, a stage 4 Health Expert can change this question back to Parenting for you.
I just reported it to the Mods.
Again, good luck