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Case Study: Autonomic Dysfunction

Introduction A 35 year-old  female presented with autonomic dysfunction. Her chief complaints were brain fog, dizziness, migraines, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, sleep disturbances and neck pain. Examination and Diagnosis A neurological examination revealed mesencephalic dysfunction, orthostatic intolerance, low vitamin D levels and elevated cortisol levels throughout the day. Treatment The patient was initially treated 2x per…
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Why Do We Examine Eye Movements?

As a patient at CFNC, your initial examination will include a targeted bedside neurological exam and additional in-depth diagnostic testing. As part of the exam and testing, the doctor will be looking at your eye movements. These tests require you to follow the doctor’s finger while it moves and/or follow a target on a screen…
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What to Expect as a New Patient at Carolina Functional Neurology Center

Welcome to Carolina Functional Neurology Center! We encourage you to read our blog posts, watch our videos, and scroll through our Facebook and Instagram channels to learn more about our holistic healthcare approach and success stories.  As a new patient, you have a few options available to create your new patient appointment. You can begin…
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What is Functional Neurology?

Functional neurology is a speciality within the chiropractic profession that was built on the principle of Sherrington’s 1932 Nobel Prize winning theory. This theory is known as the “central integrated state.” It describes the nervous system’s integrity and current state of function being the sum of all its activating and inhibiting pathways and inputs. Because…
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Vertigo Vs. Dizziness: What Is The Difference?

The  vestibular system is the very first system to develop during embryological development. Because of this, the vestibular system plays an important functional role into almost every area of the brain and nervous system.  It is a very complex and multifactorial system.  The feeling of dizziness can be sudden or more chronic, both are debilitating.…
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Concussions and the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis

Concussions have been a hot topic in research, the sports world, and the medical community for decades. More and more individuals are becoming aware of the effects, symptoms and consequences a concussion will have on the body. Traditionally, patients who suffer from a concussion are advised to rest, lay in a dark room, and take…
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LONG-Covid: What it is and what it’s not

By now, most of us have read about the long-term effects the coronavirus is having on a subset of the population, mostly 20 to 40-year-old females after relatively mild cases of COVID-19.  These long term effects can almost all be categorized under the umbrella term, “dysautonomia,” or the dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. This…
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The treatment of Post Concussion Syndrome – A Fuel Delivery Approach

Patients who present with post concussive syndrome can have a multitude of symptoms that can seem unrelated. Symptoms can range widely: headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, fatigue, lightheadedness, brain fog, memory loss, speech abnormalities, chronic pain, and more. Traditionally, patients are advised to rest and take anti-inflammatory medication and allow the brain time to heal. We…
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The Extended Autonomic Nervous System: It’s All Connected

Introduction For those of you who have read our previous blog post about dysautonomia, you will be familiar with what the autonomic nervous system is and its main components. Traditionally, the autonomic nervous system(ANS) is the aspect of our nervous system that is “autonomic.” It is responsible for controlling aspects of body function that we…
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POTS vs. IST: A Detailed Look Through the Lens of Functional Neurology

Tachycardia, dizziness, fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, anxiety and more can all be symptoms of a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and they can also be symptoms of a condition called Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST). So, what is the difference? The diagnosis of IST is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that other…
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