Signs and Symptoms of FND

The signs and symptoms of FND can vary widely depending on the individual and may mimic the symptoms of other neurological conditions. Here are some common signs and symptoms of FND:

  • Motor Symptoms: These may include:
    • weakness or paralysis
    • tremors, abnormal movements
    • difficulty walking
    • difficulty with coordination
    • difficulty with speech or swallowing.
  • Sensory Symptoms: These may include:
    • sensory loss
    • numbness
    • tingling
    • abnormal sensations such as burning
    • crawling sensations.
  • Seizure-like Symptoms: These may include:
    • episodes of shaking
    • convulsions or loss of consciousness, which may resemble epileptic seizures but are not caused by abnormal brain activity.
  • Vision and Hearing Symptoms: These may include:
    • vision loss or changes in vision
    • double vision
    • ringing in the ears
    • hearing loss.
  • Cognitive Symptoms: These may include difficulty with:
    • memory
    • attention
    • concentration
    • confusion or disorientation.

Symptoms may come and go, or they may persist. They can vary in severity and location. In some cases, symptoms resolve within a short period. However, in some people, they may continue for months or years and can hinder a person’s ability to work and carry out everyday activities.

It is important to note that the symptoms of FND are real and can be debilitating, even though they do not have an underlying neurological cause. Treatment for FND typically involves a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses both physical and psychological factors.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have FND, it is important to seek medical evaluation and support.