What is functional neurological disorder and is it connected to COVID-19 vaccines? Experts explain – CTV

August 22, 2021

TORONTO — Beth Pardo is an insurance executive, former marathon runner, and one of the first patients to come out with her diagnosis of functional neurological disorder, an issue that surfaced after she got vaccinated against COVID-19.

But the disorder isn’t a side effect of the vaccine — and as doctors work to understand and identify cases, they are also fighting against misinformation and conspiracy theories spreading online.

Functional neurological disorder (FND) is a complex, but common neurological condition. Often FND happens after trauma, stressful life events, injury or car accidents, with people developing neurological symptoms that have no physical cause.

In Pardo’s case, it started after her second COVID-19 shot in early July. Three days after getting the jab, she noticed her legs becoming more and more unsteady while out shopping.

“By the time I left the store that Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t walk,” she told CTV News.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/what-is-functional-neurological-disorder-and-is-it-connected-to-covid-19-vaccines-experts-explain-1.5557342

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