Do I have FND?
Written by Professor Mark Edwards
This is the most difficult of the issues raised to address, because as you can imagine, FND cannot be diagnosed without physically seeing, talking to and examining a person, and sometimes also having access to specific test results. I am sorry therefore to those of you who write asking if your specific symptoms could be due to FND: this is not a question that I am in a position to answer.
What I can try to do though is to explain how the diagnosis should be made. This is a diagnosis that should, where at all possible, be made on the basis of positive features that are gathered by the doctor during history taking (i.e. talking to the patient about their symptoms and how they have developed) and during physical examination. There are some other positive features that can be revealed during certain investigations.
Let me give you some examples: