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Conversion Disorder how long does it last

By October 10, 2012 - 5:40pm
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I had a TIA in August 2012 I had left side weakness and had to use a walker then just 2 weeks ago I had the same systems and could not feel my legs the ER DR that night was saying something about conversion disorder but did all the test for a stroke to be sure. I was told all the test were normal and I should be able to walk and go home so I attempted to stand up only to fall to floor completely at this point they admitted me and said it should resolve by the next day. The next day when they PT came to check on me I still could not walk. A nice DR spoke to me and told me about conversion disorder and I felt a little better thinking it would simply go away. It still hasn't I ended up going from the hospital to a rehab hospital to learn how to use a wheelchair I was there for about 7 days. In August they had asked me to start therapy which I did go through that process but the first therapist was mean and I new I would never open up to her so I asked for a different one but they never responded however the Dr from the rehab hospital did get them to assign me a new Dr. I was abused by my mother as a young teen adfter my father died and it was mental, physical and sexual. I was also raped again as a adult later on by three men that broke into my house. I am 42 and have never talked to anyone about any of this about a year and a half ago when my kids all left home to go to college I downsized to a apartment it just so happened my mother lived right next door I did not know this until i had already moved in. I was lucky enough a few months later to meet a great guy and after being single for 19 years I remarried and he moved in with me I we eventually bought a home and moved out but apparently they feel this is why I have the disorder. My question is how long does this last they told me it would be fast I have read online people that have had it for over 6 years. I feel it is unfair that this women has controlled my life for years and now she still is how long does it normally last because this has been hard on me and my family. I haven't worked since august we don't want to loose our home so we had to let some bills go and now have no electricity it is just one thing after another. I need to know when it will end because being in a wheelchair with no electric is hard and no longer being able to feel my legs is even harder. I have a appointment with a new therapist on the 18th but to me it seems that if it is psychological cant they just hypnotise me or something and fix it?

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Hi deemochama,

It all depends on which treatment your doctor feels it's best for you and on your progress. 



October 14, 2012 - 8:08pm

I am already doing or tried most of these still nothing how long will the disorder last that was what I wondered.

October 11, 2012 - 3:50pm
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Hi deemochama,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  For many people, symptoms of conversion disorder get better without treatment, especially after reassurance from the doctor that their symptoms aren't caused by a serious underlying problem.

You may benefit from treatment if you have conversion disorder signs and symptoms that linger or keep coming back, you have severe symptoms, or you have other mental or physical health conditions. Treatment will depend on your particular signs and symptoms and may include:

  1. Counseling (psychotherapy). Seeing a psychologist or professional counselor can help treat symptoms of conversion disorder and prevent it from coming back. This can be especially helpful if you have anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.
  2. Physical therapy. Working with a physical therapist may prevent complications of certain symptoms of conversion disorder. For example, regular movement of arms or legs may ward off muscle tightness and weakness if you have paralysis or loss of mobility.
  3. Treating related stress and other conditions. Conversion disorder may improve when you get treatment for stress, anxiety or another underlying problem. Your doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants or other drugs as part of your treatment plans, depending on your individual health profile.
  4. Hypnosis. Undergoing hypnosis with a trained expert may help a person identify and resolve psychological issues. Hypnosis is usually done along with another form of psychotherapy in treating conversion disorder.
  5. Transcranial magnetic stimulation. Some reports have shown that people with conversion disorder may benefit from this type of treatment, which involves exciting brain activity by using weak electrical currents. This stimulation is believed to alter the brain's biochemistry and can improve symptoms of various mental disorders.

Once your doctor has chosen the right treatment for you, with time he will let you know how your progress is going.  



October 11, 2012 - 3:48am
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