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  • Posted By: dmbcleo
  • November 10, 2007
  • 02:24 AM

My mother had an episode on Wed evening. She was talking and the words she was using were incorrect. She wasn't aware that she wasn't talking correctly. I asked her what she was eating and she said catsup, I asked her again and she said molasses. She was eating applesauce. She was walking around without any problems, no stumbling. She even had the ability to make me a cup of coffee, however the whole time she was talking, it wasn't coherent. My mom sounds like she's stoned or drunk when she's talking. No slurring though, but some slight hesitation when she's trying to think of the right words.

This is her third episode since the begininng of the year, that we know of. She doesn't remember what she was doing while she is having an episode nor is she aware of having an episode.

Twice at the hospital they checked her immediately for a stroke or TIA. Of which the results came back negative. She is on blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol medicines as well as a multivitamin. Is it possible that there could be a drug interaction with the medicines? and with foods she might eat? Has anyone heard anything like this before? Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you.

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  • Dysphasia (/dɪsˈfe(ɪ)zjə/) is a language disorder in which there is an impairment of speech and of comprehension of speech. It is caused by brain damage, usually in the left side of the brain which is responsible for language and communication. The word comes from the Greek dys- (impairment) and phasia (φασια) (speech).The term dysphasia has been eclipsed by the modern usage of the term "aphasia" particularly in the field of speech/language pathology so as not to confuse with the swallowing disorder "dysphagia". Aphasia literally means no speech. But the speech impairment in aphasia could range from complete absence of speech to difficulty in naming a few objects. Aphasia is generally tested on the basis of comprehension of speech, fluency of speech, repetition and naming of objects. On this basis, aphasia can be classified as global aphasia, wernicke's aphasia, broca's aphasia, conduction aphasia, transcortical motor aphasia, transcortical sensory aphasia, or anomic aphasia Try to get a video of your mom when these spells happen and show to her doc, but I think she should go to a neurologist soon. Look up the different kinds of dysphasia/aphasia and see if any fit.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 08:58 AM
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  • You don't mention her age. It could be the start of dementia. My dad was like that when his started. My DH grandma had diabetes and she did stuff like that when she was low on sugar. So I guess it could also be her blood sugar. Has she been checked for diabetes? Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 09:50 AM
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  • when my sister was little, she used to have these episodes.... although not all the time, they usually happened in the evening. She would seem to be awake and consious and alert. But it would soon become apparent that she wasn't quite "all there" at these times. She could go about normal activities, movements, etc. She could even have a conversation/answer questions you asked her.... The thing was, her answers would never make any sense... I mean, they would be "an appropriate type of answer", but they would be all wrong.... As in, one time when I recognized when she was in the middle of one of her episodes (she seemed to be a little "distant"... i can't explain it), I asked her if she knew who I was. She seemed to get overly agitated, but answered me, "yes". So I asked her to tell me who I was. Her reply was "Ami's friend Nicole", still agitated. Well.... I'M Ami.... lol. She would often answer questions during these times, this way... with i guess the "right kind" of answer, but the answer would be the wrong thing. She DID seem to get frustrated when people talked to her during these times, and took her time answering, usually huffy-puffy-like..... This was only one symptom, but it was the most common one....After lots and lots of tests, she was eventually diagnosed with "Night Terrors". I guess she would go into this state that she was sort of sleeping, but didn't seem like it at all.... She wouldn't be quite concious in the normal sense, but she could function as if she was... The doctors just said that she would out grow it, and she eventually did.... But it WAS scary at the time.... Maybe check out Night Terrors (sense you mentioned it was in the evening) or other sleep disorders if dimentia or Alzheimers are ruled out...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2007
    • 07:33 AM
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