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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

Functional Neurological Disorder (or FND) is a condition that affects the chemical balance of the central nervous system, more often than not creating an imbalance of said chemicals. This can cause anything from paralysis of limbs or appendages to unexplainable speech impediments. FND can be a debilitating illness that, as the name suggests, is caused by psychological trauma and/or physical trauma.

What most people do not know about Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a little-known disorder however, there is a lot of support available. All symptoms can usually be misdiagnosed as FND has no apparent cause, there are however key things to look out for. Below is a list of some of the effects/symptoms of FND:

  • Paralysis of appendages and/or limbs

  • Muscle pain

  • Extreme spinal pain

  • Unexplainable lack of movement

  • Anxiety

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Difficulty maintaining bladder and/or bowel control

Practical Help For FND

Naturally working with FND can be difficult depending on the severity of your condition. Some can continue a relatively normal life whereas others can be bedridden. Disability Support Project is aware that the symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety so can assist with benefits applications (form filling), appeals, and tribunals for the following:

More help with FND 

Your GP should provide you with guidance and might refer you to an occupational therapist. You can  also find more support and information on the links below:

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