Symptoms of FNDs are highly variable, and may affect body movement, speech and all the senses.
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Signs and symptoms that affect body movement and function may include:
- Weakness or paralysis
- Abnormal movement, such as tremors or difficulty walking
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty swallowing or feeling “a lump in the throat”
- Episodes of unresponsiveness
Signs and symptoms that affect the senses may include:
- Numbness or loss of the touch sensation
- Speech problems such as inability to speak or slurred speech
- Vision problems such as double vision or blindness
- Hearing problems or deafness
Careful assessment, examination and investigation must precede treatment, which is almost always psychological, but may also incorporate hypnosis as a way forward.
I have treated many hundreds of patients with all types of FND.
I trained (at UCL) in the use of hypnosis applied to Medicine and was one of the first to use these techniques clinically in the UK for the treatment of patients with FND whilst working as a senior registrar in Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London (in 2002).