I had a sudden onset of head spasms, and other body spasms. I have gone downhill fast over the year.
January my head spasms started.
February my neck kept twisting and jerking sideways.
March my legs started to go weak and wouldn’t hold my body up.
I had all sorts of problems, I have been in A&E, and in Acute Assessment Unit where they diagnosed me with Chronic Cervical Dystonia, Involuntary Movements, Vertigo and Tinnitus!
I started with Non-Epileptic Attacks at the start of April.
By the end of April I started having Non-Epileptic Seizures. They pull my face, I look like I’ve had a stroke, I cannot talk straight away after, and these can make me paralysed in all my limbs for hours at a time.
I am now registered disabled, and have to use walking sticks to even get around the house. Outside I use my three wheeled walker or crutches, I look and feel like an old woman. I also have a wheelchair for when I go paralysed for my partner to put me in.
I was diagnosed on 17th May with Functional Movement Disorder, and have recently been told I will now have it for life.
My diagnosis had been wrong! That in the Acute Assessment Unit the Doctor had diagnosed me wrongly, it was all my body starting to Mis-Function. All part and parcel of it, so many different symptoms, but only one Disorder!
Work has eventually terminated my employment as of 20th December this month, so I will be officially unemployed.
I can no longer work, as my movements and attacks or seizures can happen any time and erratically. I live in daily pain, many days I cry out even in the street. I cannot hide my pain anymore. It is hard never knowing what the day has in store for me, I just have to keep going. It’s all anyone can do.
This is the short version of my story, I wouldn’t want to bore you with the rest. As the rest started years before, and is a long story to tell.
Some if my story has started to come out in my Psychology Sessions, good or bad?
Too many equations to go into, too hard to work out and give any easy answers.
It is believed my brain has broken from the past stresses and upsets I been unfortunate enough to have happen to me. There are no written reasons for this Disorder, no one course of treatment to follow.
Every person that is unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with Functional Movement Disorder, has their own personal reason behind the whys. Also the treatment has to be tailored to the individual, to fit with their individual problems.
Hopefully on this journey of finding out, and trying to learn to adjust and live with this Disorder, I may be able to give insight or offer some small help to others with the same or similar problems. Hopefully others may even help me, I live in hope for us all.
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