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The I'm 'Just' Dizzy Podcast
The I'm 'Just' Dizzy Podcast
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT

How can we feel balanced in a world that never stands still? The I’m 'Just' Dizzy Podcast is your ultimate resource for conquering dizziness and living a balanced life – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The title is a reminder that no one is “just dizzy.” You, your loved ones, a co-worker, a neighbor – someone in your life has most likely experienced disabling dizziness or who limits their daily activities due to fear of falling. This podcast gives you access to experts in the field and real-life tools to bring tangible changes in a safe community. Let’s work together to raise awareness and understanding for overcoming and conquering the challenges while living with dizziness and balance problems.

Welcome to another insightful episode, in which we delve into the nuanced world of Functional Neurological Disorders (FND). For those familiar with our past episodes, we favor engaging and catchy titles, and this one is no exception. Today, we spotlight Functional Neurological Disorders and their wide array of symptoms.

Despite its relative obscurity—even within healthcare circles—FND is more prevalent than many realize. Our guest, renowned neurologist Dr. Jon Stone, defines FND as a condition stemming from functional issues in the nervous system rather than structural damage. Think of it as a disruption in the brain’s network communication.

In this episode, we unravel the intricate symptoms associated with FND, ranging from visual disturbances like double vision and visual loss to balance issues, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. Other symptoms may include limb and joint pain, tremors, chest pain, racing heart rate, and cognitive difficulties such as memory and concentration problems. Research indicates that about one-third of patients visiting outpatient neurology clinics exhibit FND symptoms, often leading to extensive, inconclusive testing that leaves many seeking definitive answers.

The onset of FND is frequently linked to significant physical, emotional, or psychological events, causing trauma without clear medical or psychiatric explanations. Clinically, FND is likened to a “software problem,” disrupting communication within the brain and body and affecting sensory, motor, and autonomic nervous systems.

Effectively managing FND involves focusing on regulating the autonomic nervous system. While there is no one-size-fits-all cure, various resources are available to help manage symptoms. Unlike traditional approaches that target specific impairments, FND treatment emphasizes how activities impact the nervous system.

Understanding the concept of internal reserves—akin to fuel in a car—is crucial. Daily obligations can deplete these reserves, making it challenging to maintain usual functionality. Replenishing emotional, physical, and cognitive reserves is essential to manage FND symptoms effectively. The journey of managing FND is comparable to climbing a summit filled with twists and turns; it’s a gradual process requiring persistent effort and a holistic approach.

Remember, you’re not alone on this path. Building a support network of healthcare providers, support groups, and loved ones can offer the emotional and practical support needed during challenging times.

Additionally, we’ve prepared a downloadable workbook featuring 10 activities designed to help decrease FND symptoms. Don’t forget to check the Show Notes for this and other valuable resources. Join us as we explore these aspects and more, shedding light on FND and fostering a community of understanding and support.

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