What is a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
A diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is given where somebody is suffering functional problems (symptoms) which appear neurological in origin, but where there is no identifiable structural damage to their brain and nervous system. Rather, the problem is with how their brain and body sends, receives and interprets signals. To use a computer analogy, it’s a software problem rather than a hardware problem.
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- What are the symptoms of a Functional Neurological Disorder?
- What causes a Functional Neurological Disorder?
- How are Functional Neurological Disorders diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a Functional Neurological Disorder?
- Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Support Group
- Compensation for a Functional Neurological Disorder?
- How will my claim be funded?
What are the symptoms of a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
It is impossible to describe a ‘typical’ FND. People suffering FNDs can experience a wide range and often terrible combination of symptoms. Common ones include chronic pain, headaches, gait and balance problems, bowel and bladder problems, cognitive issues, sensory changes and changes in vision and speech.
What causes a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
The cause of FNDs is unknown. Sufferers often believe that as there is no identifiable structural problem their condition must be ‘all in their mind’. This is absolutely not so. As they know only too well, their symptoms are very real.
Until relatively recently, psychiatrists would often refer to people with functional symptoms as suffering from a ‘conversion disorder’. This was because it was thought they were ‘converting’ stress into physical symptoms. The problem with this theory is that not everybody suffering such symptoms is also suffering significant psychological problems. Many people simply suffer an accident or illness and then develop functional symptoms afterwards.
“Andrew Atkinson was superb from day one. I can’t praise him enough.” YT, October 2018 (£280,000 recovered for a FND)
How are Functional Neurological Disorders (FNDs) diagnosed?
The diagnosis of a FND often takes a long time. A neurologist and psychiatrist will often work together to rule out any underlying structural and/or psychological problem. However, it would be wrong to say that a FND is simply a diagnosis of exclusion, ie if everything else has been ruled out, that’s what it must be.
Common tests include:
- A full health assessment and physical examination;
- A full psychological assessment;
- Imaging such as MRI scans and x-rays;
- EEG scans.
What is the treatment for a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
Symptoms can sometimes improve or resolve without treatment. However, most commonly, a combination of treatments and therapies are recommended. These often include:
- Physical therapy such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
- Psychological therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);
- Medication, often including pain and antidepressants medication (although the latter often help target a number of different symptoms, not just psychological ones);
- Lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety such as mindfulness, yoga and meditation.
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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Support Group
FND Hope is a registered charity whose stated mission is to promote awareness of FND, support affected individuals and advance research for the prevention, treatment and recovery of the condition.
Compensation for a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)?
We are the leading solicitors for compensation claims involving Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), regularly achieving awards well into six figures. Those results are only possible as a result of our unrivalled knowledge and understanding of FND and how to accumulate and build the evidence required for a claim to succeed.
As Functional Neurological Disorder lawyers we understand just how debilitating your condition is and the fundamental importance of protecting your and your family’s future financial security.
It’s a sad fact that most law firms have little if any experience of pursuing claims involving FND. In fact, the vast majority of our clients begin their compensation claims with other law firms they see advertising in the media, but quickly become disillusioned with their lack of knowledge and appalling levels of service. As one client told us, “BLB represented me, unlike my last solicitor who tried to process me through a sausage machine.”
BLB partner and Functional Neurological Disorder solicitor, Bruce Dyer, said “that is not an uncommon reaction. Initially, with all new clients our focus is treatment. We need to help them achieve the best improvement possible so that our medical experts can more accurately predict any future limitations they may have. Armed with that information we can then begin the process of putting a valuation on the claim to take into account all future financial losses and needs.”
How will my claim be funded?
Most of our clients instruct us on a no win/no fee basis, although you may already have in place legal expenses insurance to cover your legal expenses.
To speak to one of our expert solicitors, please call us on 01225 462871, or complete the contact form to the right or at the bottom of this page. We are confident that you will notice an immediate difference from your current solicitors.