Functional neurologic symptom disorder

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What is functional neurologic symptom disorder?

Functional Neurologic Symptom Disorder is a disorder where a person experiences neurological symptoms due to a problem with the central nervous system. Common symptoms may include generalized weakness, movement disorders, and blackouts.

Common symptoms reported by people with functional neurologic symptom disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with functional neurologic symptom disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(NoDoz)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Regular sleep schedule)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with functional neurologic symptom disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with functional neurologic symptom disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for functional neurologic symptom disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(NoDoz)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Regular sleep schedule)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with functional neurologic symptom disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has functional neurologic symptom disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 3
30s 2
40s 11
50s 9
60s 1
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4
Female 26

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 16
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from functional neurologic symptom disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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