It is said that although I am clearly, objectively disabled (e.g. advanced optic neuritis, abnormal reflexes, ataxia, tremor and induced abnormal fatigue), the 'pattern and severity of plaques do not correspond with reported and displayed disability.) .
All of this whilst hospitalised, using ISC to manage a dystonic bladder 'swing' from incontinence.
Mobility aids (prescribed) range from 1 or 2 crutches, Delta walking frame or on occasion, wheelchair.
Thank you for your time and attention. Dr B
In short, do you feel that use of the term 'functional neurology' is appropriate, and if so - what exactly is the meaning and ramifications of this tag. Doesn't it imply psychological primary/secondary gain?
I feel as if I have been degraded in some way.
My own expertise, and the opinion of my GP remain as a clear MS diagnosis - to be supported appropriately. I would just value an other objective opinion.
Thank you for that. I have been as open and honest as it is possible to be.
1). As I did my PhD in Neuroscience and Biopsychology, as a Clinician, I view the term 'functional', in this instance, as suggesting a psychological gain aspect.
2) This is distinguished from, e.g., secondary functional increased muscle tone in association with a fracture.
3) Finally - have you ever felt a need to assign such a tag to your, or your colleagues MS patients?
Thank you for your time and expertise. You have set my mind at rest, and reassured me that none of my symptoms have been 'psychologically generated'.
I will be happy to leave an excellent review, releasing payment.
I also thank you for your professional courtesy.
Dr Linda Bates (Linda)