A ‘functional movement disorder’ means that there is abnormal movement or positioning of part of the body due to the nervous system not working properly (but not due to an underlying neurological disease).
In plain English: there is a problem with the way your brain is sending messages to, and receiving messages from, your body about movement.
The disorder is also sometimes called Functional Neurological Disorder, Functional Neurological Symptoms or Dissociative Neurological Symptoms.
Following the introductory post explaining what functional movement disorders are and considering what to do when your symptoms manifest, I thought it might be useful to take a look at the symptoms themselves.
I had a hard time explaining what was happening to my body to friends, family and medical professionals. And until they saw the symptoms for themselves, they had a hard time understanding what I meant.
Therefore in this post, I shall be taking a more detailed examination of what the symptoms actually look like: particularly weakness & paralysis, tremor & spasm, contractures and gait problems.
Continue reading Functional Movement Disorder :: #2 – Exploring the Symptoms