Posted 2/4/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)
I have suffered from speech problems for a number of years. It's periodic rather than constant. Pain and fatigue seem to aggravate it.
I have experienced stammering speech, blanking out mid-sentence, saying the wrong noun, coming out with a sound rather than a word, like "mmmaaaaa," slurring of speech...Indeed, I sometimes sound like I am mentally challenged.
My ego has taken major hits over the years due to Lyme disease. Pre-illness, I used to get compliments about my "eloquent speech." I've become tired of saying "I used to..." this-and-that...
For the speech problems, I've found that if I become less nervous of sounding like an idiot, it makes to easier to cope with. If I have a speech-stumble, I sometimes stop and just say, "My mouth is broken today" or "What was I trying to say?"
Apparently, the brain is the last to return with treatment. Still waiting...