Pain is NOT defined as part of FND. But a large proportion - up to two third of patients with FND - experiecne chronic pain.
Chronic Pain shares similar mechanisms to FND in that it relates to changes in nervous system functioning rather than structural damage you can see on a scan. These videos have been collected to try to help patients with FND understand the chronic pain that may accompany or in some case be the main problem.
Understanding chronic pain in 5 minutes
This is a really brilliant video from Youtube to introduce important ideas in chronic pain.
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It was made by GP Access and the Hunter Integrated Pain Service, New South Wales, Australia
Tame the Beast - from tamethebeast.org. This is another great video from Lorimer Moseley - a pain researcher and clinician in Australia.
It aims to explain how chronic (long lasting) pain is different to acute (short lived) pain
Neuroplasticity - You can rewire your brain!
This short film focuses on the question of how you can 'rewire your brain.
Your brain changes depending what you do with it. Practising alternative ways of moving or thinking causes physical changes in the brain, called neuroplasticity.
This is how therapy for FND aims to try to help.
Sensitivity - to pain and abnormal sensations - how does it work in the brain?
This short film helps to understand how the brains sensory system can be like a 'sensor light' outside your house that keeps going off - even though there are no intruders.
Treating abnormal sensation and pain associated with FND may involve trying to 'turn down the volume knob' in your brain controlling that sensitivity.
Calm the storm - an introduction to migraine
This film is a great introduction to understanding migraine. Migraine is not part of FND, but very commonly experienced by patients with FND and better management of it can help with other symptoms
The mysterious science of pain
This short film explains how chronic pain is different to acute pain, and doesnt need 'tissue damage'
WARNING: Its a cartoon but it has animations of people in a lot of pain!
The mystery of Chronic Pain
A good short TED Talk explaining that chronic pain is different to acute pain and, like FND, is a consequence of abnormal signalling in the nervous system. The more you understand it, the better you can take advantage of therapies to help 'retrain the brain'
Fibromyalgia - Living with Chronic Pain
This is a great short film about women with fibromyalgia from the BBC in the UK.
My only gripes.. it can be reversible and I dont agree that its unexplained. We have learnt a lot about how fibromyalgia works in recent years. Plus men do get it as well!
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