I hear you man, I can totally relate, I get the same thing and it seems to get more frequent as I get older. Other people don't even have to think about foming their words b/c it comes naturally, but for me (and probably you too) I have to concentrate on every word, even the simple ones. If I don't, I slur my speach and everybody thinks I'm drunk.
My Neorologist calls this a "speech arrest"
You really take your speach for granted.
This is a side affect from the meds but if I don't take my meds, I risk a seizure. Usually by the time I figure out what word to use and form it, everybody else in the room is on the next subject.
I totally agree with everything you said in your post.
The Doc's don't tell me anything either.
To everyone who replied,
Just to say thanks for all your respnses. They've all been a great help and it's nice knowing I'm not alone. Slightly worrying that the condition might be a side-effect of one of the drugs. Everytime I mention it to my consultant he just says "let's whap up the dosage again and see what happens." Doctors eh?
Happy New Year to you all,
These "speech arrests" that you are getting are caused by the medication doing it's job.
It's warning you that if you wern't on meds. you would have a full out grand-mal siezure, so the question comes to mind - do you want to go off the meds and have good speech and memory and risk a siezure or stay on the meds as a type of "insurance policy" to help control the siezures and have a little speech problem, what is more important to you?
Also, How long have you been on the meds,? You should be concerned about long term use of the meds and the affects it could have on you or if it can cause neurological damage.(that's what happened to me - 25 yrs of meds.)