A while back I posted a question, “Does anybody else use functional neurology as a treatment program?” I did not hear from anybody that does, but many responses asking me what it’s about. So I will try to explain my experience with functional neurology in very layman’s terms.
I was referred to a functional neurologist before I was able to meet with my MD neurologist who subsequently gave me the official Parkinson’s endorsement. I had suspected that I had Parkinson’s almost a year earlier.
Functional neurology relies on the fact that our brain waves flow through our eyes on the way the rest the body. By studying the movement of the eyes it can be determined, in some cases, what part of the brain needs stimulated. In my case the disease affected my right side so therefore they knew that left side my brain would need to stimulation. I spent two days doing intensive eye exercises and many tests tracking my eye movements and charting them out.
After two days the improvements were noted as follows:
B. swallow better
C.more right-hand flexibility
F.Les brain fog
After two days I was sold on the process. I came back two months later for five days of intensive exercises. During that time, we watched as my left brain became more engaged. Thinking that I might have to come in for five days of exercise every month, I reluctantly asked the doctor, “So what’s the treatment program going forward?” His response was, “we have your brain fired up ,now, it’s up to you to continue to do the eye exercises we gave you for home use. You might check back in with us every six months.”
Things were going quite well, then six months later. I had a severe in urinary track infection. That really knocked me down hard. I began to deteriorate rapidly after that event, so much so that I called my doctor and pleaded for him to give me some meds. Up until this time I had only been on Azelac, and some dopamine supplements (mucuna pruriens), Looking back, I realize that I should have gone back to my functional neurologist for some intensive exercises and get my brain reengaged soon after . Six months later, after my infection, my functional neurologist was not able to reengage my brain at the level that it once was just a year ago. So I’m now on carbidopa/levodopa with the hope that I can get some of my functions back. Many of the benefits I got from my first experience with the functional neurologist have deteriorated substantially. My functional neurologist has recommended that once I become stable on the meds, I come back for some more testing to see if we can reengage the brain.
As you can tell from my story, I had great hope in the treatment from functional neurology, in fact I still have great hope that it can help relieve some of my dependency for medications.
I have witnessed and personally talked to several people that have received great benefits from functional neurology. Since we are all so different, and functional neurology can produce many different results, I’m not suggesting or recommending that functional neurology would be the right treatment program for you. That would be something you have to find out for yourself.
For a little more technical information to help you understand how the brain works and how functional neurology can be beneficial, find the February 2016 issue of National Geographic titled . “100 things you didn’t know about your brain”. It has excellent information.