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   Posted 6/2/2005 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, maybe I am completely crazy, I hope I am!!!!  I have noticed I have a harder time getting my thoughts in order and end up repeating myself or the same words several times and it ends up coming out like I am stuttering.  Did/has anyone else had a problem with their language or speech after being diagnosed with epilepsy or a change in medication?
Any input would be REALLY appreciated!
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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 6/2/2005 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Some meds can make word finding harder. Depending on where your seizures start that can also be an issue. My son cannot talk right after a seizure. He can understand some, but cannot speak or will just be able to mumble other times.

I have word finging issues from my frequent migraine. Sometimes are worse than others...

I would talk this over with the neuro. He should be able to help figure it out whether it is meds, seizures or what.....

Hang in there. frusrating I am sure...

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   Posted 6/2/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope this helps you in some way find solace within your situation somehow, you see I have been diagnosed as epileptic for 24 years now and within the last year I have began expieriencing some very difficult traits such as short/long term memory loss, my speech on occassion presents itself as slurred, repetitive, annunciation can on occassion sound awkward/confusing, and of course I am having more seizures than normal and the really harsh part is that people that I have dealt with for years and strangers as well give out these very strange looks and I feel like some creature from another planet (lets show some compassion people). It seems at times that getting the words out and making my point is feudal and then somedays I am fine. My neuro does not appear to be rattled by this so I went for a secomd opinion and I was told the same thing that my neuro said, "this is a normal side effect from medication and many years of seizures". We are working on a fix through medication and I hope this presents some better results but unfortunately time will tell which appears to be the "rub". I slow down my annunciation and it seems to help to a degree but when I am in a meeting with marketing/advertising executives they dont usually have to much tolerance for someone that does not supply responses at the normal fast speed that is expected. I just do the best I can and remember this you are the same person you were last year and simply put people are gonna have to learn to live with it.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/3/2005 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow, I always thought I was just a nitwit or something. But, I've always had problems with word-finding.  People always seem to get frustrated with me because it takes a long time for me to say things sometimes.  It's even worse when a person finishes a sentence for me. (I just hate that!) 

After my last med change with Zonegran- now my tongue doesn't seem to work right.  That, combined with the word-finding,... now aren't we having fun. 

Another interesting thing that I have is that whenever I would have a seizure, I would start saying the same thing in my head over and over again.  Like maybe ten times.  I mean, as a NORMAL thing- I usually say things in my head many times anyway (does anybody else do that too?).  But right before a seizure occurrs, I will say the same sentence over and over.  And then  the seizure is happening.  You would think I would recognize this sign- I mean it's only happened a thousand and one times!!   

Glenda :-)

complex partial seizures since 22
lamictal 200mg 2x/d
zonegran 150mg 3/d

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Date Joined Sep 2004
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   Posted 6/3/2005 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
You know Glenda I can certainly empathize with you on this one, when you said,"It's even worse when a person finishes a sentence for me." That just makes me so frustrated because I really try not to go "off line" as me and my friends have come to refer to it during conversations (I have such wonderful friends because this is a really big deal for me)! or how about are in the middle of delivering a thought/rebutle and you forget like half of what you were going to say leaving everyone just hanging, and this has become worse over the last couple of years for me I wonder if this has any significance in regards to this last year of seizure activitie that I have been expieriencing?
By the way Glenda I was blown away by your post from 5/31 on family,friends,husband...very very nice!
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