What Is Functional Movement Disorder?

There in lies a very good question!

Functional Movement Disorder, makes a person’s body stop functioning at a normal level. It can include many areas of the body movements, or only one area.

It is a very confusing and misunderstood condition, and also seems that it is not even widely known about in the medical profession.
My own initial GP Doctor, had to Google the condition to find out what it was I had been told was my diagnosis. My new GP Doctor does know what the condition is, but did make the big mistake of saying “It’s in the head”. This didn’t go down very well with me, but luckily I already have a good understanding of what this condition entails, the where’s and the whys.

I am quite sure that for a person of lesser knowledge, would immediately jump to the conclusion that it is a “Mental” condition, but don’t worry is isn’t. Although it is to do with the head, it is the brain not the mind that is broken.

In fact it is a break down of the Central Nervous System, which has at some point had a disconnection. Meaning the brain can no longer send or receive signals correctly to or from the body, for the persons movements.

This means that the person can have odd postures, involuntary muscle spasms, unexplained pains, non-epileptics attacks or seizures, and some patients may end up with some form of disability. It seems to mostly affect one side of the body, leaving the side weakened. It can affect some other areas in some patients, there are a few who have dual sided weakness.
There are many conditions that this disorder has, which will be more thoroughly explained in another page.

Link – Functional Movment Disorder – Starting To Be Explained
Link – What Symptoms Does This Disorder Include?

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Functional Movement Disorder – Starting To Be Explained

If you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with Functional Movement Disorder, then you are probably asking yourself “What is this disorder?” I had never heard of it before, never mind knew anyone who had it! I was only given a name of a doctor and told to Google his name and take …

What Symptoms Does This Disorder Include?

So your next question will be “What symptoms does this disorder include?” There is quite a list, as in the previous page I mentioned how they overlap with symptoms from so many other Movement Disorders. Functional Movement Disorder, can include one, or a combination of the following symptoms: * Functional weakness in one or both …

The Road To Diagnosis

Please note: I live in England, this is from my personal experience. Others may find the process is done differently, and times and amounts of appointments may vary. As this is a very individual disorder, for each person that has it. I hope that this at least gives an idea, of the process and some …

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