FND symptoms may include:
A condition which affects the nervous system, by interrupting how the brain and body intact.
Understanding of the disorder
Speech and Language Therapy
Treatment of conditions that people often live with
Contact your local GP to see if you can be referred for specialist support, including being seen by a neurologist.
(Note: for further support, you can always ask for a second opinion from another GP if required).
The ‘myFND app’ provides tips and strategies to help potentially reduce FND symptoms or anxiety around having the symptoms, as well as creating a daily and weekly journal of the FND symptoms. The journal on the ‘myFND app’ can be useful to show to your doctor or neurologist, to see if there are any patterns or any triggers that might be causing the FND symptoms to worsen.
It can also be helpful to journal your feelings and experiences of FND symptoms, and to notice if there are any specific triggers that might cause flare ups of FND symptoms. Once you have spotted any triggers that might be making the FND symptoms worse, you might be able to avoid these triggers (or at least manage them).
For example, some people might get warning signs that certain symptoms, such as seizures, are approaching and the warning signs can help the person to manage the seizure or even prevent it from happening.
Using grounding techniques can be helpful in managing symptoms of FND.
It can take a bit of practice, to learn to notice signs of symptoms/triggers and how and when to use grounding techniques, but grounding can be a really useful tool. More information on what grounding is and how to use grounding techniques can be found at grounding techniques from FND Hope UK and taking control of your functional neurological symptoms from the Walton Centre.
Checking in with your FND symptoms, it might be helpful to check in with your energy levels and monitor how you are feeling regularly during the day. For example, you could think of your energy similar to a phone battery. Some days you have more energy than other days. When your energy is low, this is a sign that your body and mind may need more rest, which could be mental, emotional, social and physical rest. It is also important to think about your energy just like a phone battery that might be faulty or need to have top up of ‘charge’ through-out the day. This could mean that you need to have regular rests and breaks during the day, to help increase your energy levels, which could potentially help reduce fatigue or FND symptoms. Here is further information about pacing.
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