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   Posted 12/27/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Has anyone ever had trouble talking-like you know what you want to say, but you can't articulate it. I had this strange symptom on Christmas Eve (also my head was shaking/jerking). I was scheduled to work and had to call in sick and I think my mgr. thought I was intoxicated or something-she was not nice or the least bit understanding (even though she has a sister with ms). Also- having trouble with my legs-they are not numb, if you kicked me I would feel it - but it's like they are not there and this has caused me to fall several times this week. I have also resorted to using a cane which really has me a little depressed. I was really hoping that the New Year would be better healthwise-a girl can dream right? Thanks for listening! confused

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   Posted 12/27/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jirish

Yes, probs with speech can be a symptom of ms. Mixing up u'r words or using the wrong word for what u'r tying to say and sounding a bit drunk can also be a symptom of ms. I used to have a prob with both these situations and the best way i could describe the drunken speech sound was to say it was a bit like a verbal train wreck. U go to speak and mess up one word and then the entire sentence is wrecked....u just can't make it make sense and the harder u try the worse it gets.

The leg thing is also understandable. U'r sensitivity is deminished a bit. I used to have that 'jello' leg feeling. They were very weak and almost mushy feeling in their weakness. I could walk and all, but they seemed to be unreliable to me. I don't know how to really explain that. Hang in there friend. Report this to u'r doc if it's new and try not to let it get to u. The new year is still ahead...we have lots of time for things to get better.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jirish,

I have the problem of not being able to say a word that I is called word recall.  I know what I want to say but I can't retrieve the word.  I have found that if I can make a mental image of the word, that I can get that word works for nouns anyway.  I also stutter if I am talking to fast.  I don't slur but slurring is very common in MS as well.  All the things you have described are definitely MS type symptoms.

Your leg problems seem to be related to MS as well.  I have not had those particular symptoms.  Falling is never good and can cause real problems!! You cannot keep falling.  You need a mobility aid to protect you.  Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.  You need your cane or a walker or whatever!!!    A broken bone is going to greatly complicate things!!

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   Posted 12/28/2008 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jirish,

I'm sorry you're having these new issues crop up, and definitely wish you better health in the upcoming year! I have some problems with word recall as well, especially when I'm having problems with fatigue or heat. I will occasionally have a tiny bit of slurring as well, but again, this tends to be related to fatigue and heat issues.

Hang in there, and call your neuro and report these issues if they continue, and use that cane as much as you need to to be safe.


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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jirish

I have problems with word recall sometimes but it comes and goes so hang in there & your words should come back. I Also fell a lot last year fracturing both shoulders and ribs - really not fun. This year I use a walker at home and find it a great help. I do not fall nearly as much and I can use it to carry things around - plates to the table, washing etc & I can sit on it too. A friend has told me she also stopped falling when she started using a walker. Maybe what you need is to take it a bit easy & things will improvw. All the best :-)
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   Posted 12/28/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I have the same problem. I have just gone quite lately trying to come up with words that I know, but can't seem to remember. I mess up my animals names. Normally I just laugh it off cuz everyone knows what I am getting at. But lately, some people have started pointing out my mistakes. I am tired of being corrected so I just stopped talking in front of people unless I am asked a direct question. The "jello" leg thing is one of my problems too. I can't even pick up my 4 yr old son anymore cuz I'm afraid of dropping him. I spend alot of time now sitting and resting cuz I am tired of being bruised up and down my legs. I don't have anything to help me walk better, but I think I am gonna have to break down and get one when I get the extra money.

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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,Today is my first Post as a Brand New Member. I was going to Say this differently but could`nt think of the Right Words So as You can see I Too have This Speech Problem & Also the Falling has been a Major Problem. Having MS can sure get ya Down,it Does me But I Tell Myself "Im not in a Wheel chair full time(Just for Long Journeys) and I can sti;; see Pretty Well So Im Good. "I Have MS,MS Does Not Have Me"! Take Care & Good Luck to all. Peace & Friendship. Purple2

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   Posted 12/29/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have the speech problem, saying the words I want to say or just trying to talk normal and can't. My wife is very understanding and tells me to try to talk slower. It gets very frustrating to me though as I didn't used to do this until the last 6 months or so.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much everyone for your words of encouragement-it's nice to know other are going through the same things and have an understanding of all these crazy symptoms. I have been writing everything down and will surely tell my neuro. He's is great about making sure that you don't wait to see him if you have new symptoms. He's always wonderful even on the phone. Also, a good thing happened at work today-I work for a retail store (I won't say which but it is America's largest retailer) and I had a long meeting with my new store manager about my health problems. Although he did not know much about MS he asked me to describe to him what the disease is about and what kind of symptoms I have. I found this refreshing that he did not treat me like I was a hysterical crazy woman. So I have to count my blessings and take it one day at a time. Thanks again for listening-I appreciate the feedback.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I know which retail store you work for but I won't say here either. It is good that your new boss wanted to know as much about your MS as he could. Most people have no idea what we go through having this terrible disease. My boss and my HR Rep are the same way, they don't know much about MS either but are eager for me to tell them as much as I can about it. I usually bring up something on the internet and copy and paste it to them so they have a better understanding about it. I am lucky also that I have a company doctor who I confer with and he is very understanding. I just wish that others knew the things we go through every day. I think some of my co-workers understand but there are some that don't and you can tell that they think I am faking when it comes to trying to walk from my cubicle to the washroom or wherever I have to go. Good Luck to you!
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