What Are the Symptoms of a Functional Movement Disorder?
You may experience a number of symptoms, including:
Tremor: Shaking in a limb that you cannot control is called a tremor. Tremors range from very minor to severe, which can be disabling. Some individuals have tremors that come and go.
Jerks/twitches: You may experience jerky movements or twitching.
Spasm/contractures: With spasms/contractures, your limbs may freeze in an awkward or uncomfortable position.
Gait (walking) problems: You may encounter a variety of problems while walking (gait). For example, difficulty standing up straight when walking. You may walk unsteadily, drag one leg or be very afraid of falling.
The symptoms of functional movement disorders are very common and can be reversed. Research has shown that getting treatment can improve the chance that your symptoms will resolve.