You have no idea how excited I am to share this news! There’s further evidence that shows Functional Movement Disorder (FMD), a subset of Functional Neurological Disorder, is very much real. Studies have now shown FMD has a biological aspect, and there are functional and structural changes in the brain.
This means that FMD is not caused by stress like I’ve been told by almost every neurologist since getting sick. It’s also further proof that it’s not “all in our head” and we are not making these symptoms up.
As much as I wish I didn’t have this disorder, it’s nice to finally have some validation that a) the issue has been seen on an MRI and b) I do in fact know my body and I was right when I told doctors I didn’t think it was related to stress.
Here’s a link to a podcast with the lead doctor, Dr. Carine W. Maurer, discussing the new findings. Here’s the link to the latest research paper, Gray matter differences in patients with functional movement disorders.