Functional Neurological Disorder Awareness Day (UK) is a campaign to raise awareness of Functional Neurological Disorders (FND).
What is a Functional Neurological Disorder?
Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) encompasses a diverse range of symptoms including functional limb weakness and movement disorders, functional and dissociative attacks (non epileptic), sensory problems, cognitive problems, visual and speech symptoms. Whilst the symptoms may appear similar to neurological diseases including those of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Epilepsy, and can be just as debilitating, they are not caused by structural disease of the nervous system, but a problem with the “functioning” of the nervous system. Source: FND Action.
Functional Dystonia is known as a Functional Neurological Disorder where some specific symptoms of dystonia appear but tests that normally establish the cause of these symptoms are negative. Source: The Dystonia Society.
More info: Functional Dystonia Factsheet PDF
Watch Professor Mark Edwards, Consultant Neurologist at St George’s Hospital, London, Specialist in Functional Neurological Disorder talk about FND!
Snippet of Discussion with Professor Mark Edwards
“It is a problem with the way that you, the conscious person inside your head can get access over auto control your body. The body and the basic mechanics of the brain look like they are all wired up okay. If you have spinal cord damage for example then the basic wiring of the system is just broken, so that’s why it is not working. In a functional disorder all of the wiring is okay and the person wants to move but the two things are not communicating properly. Functional disorder is a problem with accessing or controlling the body.” Source – Professor Mark Edward at FNDaction.