We’d like to share with you the story of one of our clients Miss A who has been working with our team here at ARC, to tackle the challenges she faced with living with FND (Functional Neurological Disorder). Though many people might not have heard of FND it is actually a very common neurological disorder that presents in a very wide variety of ways and can be hard to find the right way to approach treatment for good success.
It was in November of 2018 that we first met Miss A here at ARC and we are so very proud of the fabulous recovery she has made in the 6 months that a Gold Star is the very least she deserves!
Miss A came to us with a history of fatigue and movement problems stemming from roughly four years previously that had then progressively worsened in 2018 culminating a diagnosis of FND.
On meeting Miss A she was in high school and needing to use a wheelchair for the majority of the day due to severe problems of shaking and balance and movement disturbance when on her feet. She also was suffering with fatigue and headaches and every day tasks such as showering, walking and studying were extremely hard.
We decided to wait until Miss A was on school holidays before starting an intensive 3 week block of therapy with her here in the gym. The gains she made both within those 3 weeks and then through the next few months were remarkable. It was tough at times and sometimes emotions spilled over. However, the resilience and determination from Miss A to give it all a really good go was inspiring to watch and so worth it in the end.
When we last met with Miss A in April of 2019 she and her family were delighted to reveal that she had now returned the wheelchair to the hospital, she was back to going out and socialising with friends and walking was essentially normal! The improvement in her function and quality of life is fantastic and has given Miss A the ability and chance to enjoy her teenage years and final years of school again.
On that last meeting we decided to really put her to the test and even had her running on the treadmill at speeds of 9km/hour and jumping and running up the stairs – all of which she was able to complete independently and with confidence.