Good news, Ladies and Gentlemen.
might war is OFFICIALLY sick.
After 701 days of being unwell, I have been seen by the specialist doctor at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery; and we now finally know what is wrong.
I have been diagnosed as having functional neurological symptoms (movement disorder).
What is wrong?
twitches buzzing sensations electric shock sensations tremors intermittent blurring double vision weakness paralysis pain walking problems slurred speech fatigue spasms sleep problems poor memory/concentration dizziness swallowing problems bladder problems reduced vision involuntary noises
The symptoms that I have – which result in abnormal movement or positioning of part of the body – indicate that my nervous system is not working properly. The very good news is that this is not due to an underlying neurological disease.
In plain English: there is a problem with the way my brain is sending messages to, and receiving messages from, my body.
What can be done to sort it?
Intensive rehabilitation could help my situation to improve and be better managed.
Unfortunately, there is only ONE such programme in the whole country and the waiting list is “up to a year”. In the meantime, the doctor is arranging for the local physiotherapy team to do some specialist work with me.
Well, I have a better idea of what is wrong and what can be done. Ultimately, this is going to be a slow, mending/healing process.
It’s all good though, because now … I know that it wasn’t just me.
I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to be told that all this pain and dysfunction are not just some figment of my imagination.
I’m still learning about the diagnosis and what it means, but I’ll keep you updated as I discover this new world of mine.
And to my GP and my Neurologist – who both thought I was making shit up: Bite Me!!!
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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.