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Wife's speech has dramatically slowed

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  • Posted By: lewisrw
  • April 10, 2007
  • 01:09 AM

Hi - quite suddenly, my wife's speech has dramatically slowed down. She is unable to physically speak at her previously normal speed. It worsens as she tires. She has been tested for hypothyroidism (although one Dr. says she has a goiter), neurological, neuromuscular problems - all negative. Another Dr. suspects myasthenia gravis but tests have been negative. Although, during the neuromuscular tests her normal speech returned temporarily. To complicate matters, she has been diagnosed and is being treated for Sjorgren's Syndrome. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Has she had an MRI/ CT scan
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  • Has she had a CT of the brain? Perhaps she had a mini-stroke and it's affected her verbal processing skills. If the onset was indeed suddenly, it sounds more like a stroke.
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  • Hi - thank you for the suggestions. Yes, she has had both CT and MRI scans - which the Dr's ruled out stroke or other neurological conditions. I have been thinking about the possibility of a Typhoid infection. Her speech slowness began in August 2005. In preparation for a trip to Costa Rica, she was inoculated for Typhoid in March 2005. With her suppressed immune system, could the Typhoid inoculation caused her to develop a low-level Typhoid Fever, that in turn is causing high body temperature and speech slowness?
    lewisrw 1 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 05:01 PM
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  • Did she have live (oral) typhoid, or inactivated (shot) vaccination?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 10:56 AM
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  • I do not remember - I will research which type and post it. Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2007
    • 09:45 AM
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  • Have you ruled out major depression?
    jennynye 7 Replies
    • August 24, 2007
    • 04:04 AM
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  • Dysarthria is caused by many different conditions that involve the nervous system, including the following:StrokeBrain injuryTumorsCerebral palsyParkinson's diseaseLou Gehrig's disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)Huntington's diseaseMultiple sclerosisMedicationsSee a speech pathologist to assist in diagnosis.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 25, 2007
    • 09:17 AM
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  • im wondering if she has any other symptoms..and if so, what are they?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 25, 2007
    • 00:34 PM
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