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Offline albert

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Slurred Speech
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:20:05 PM »
Hello all, I thought that after my pancreatic scare I would have some time of happiness.  But no, that is not the case.  After my scare had ended with the pancreatic the same night I came home to my girlfriend, I was pretty tired.  Had been working about 12 hours then I went to gym to workout, I came home and we were talking.  I actually slurred my speech pretty bad for like a sentence, she stopped me and asked if I had been drinking.  I actually heard myself do it also and she just confirmed my fears, I completely remembered that the beginning of bulbar ALS is slurred speech.  I started panicking, I right away went to Dr. Google as always to check my symptom, hoping that what i had learned from my extensive searches in my last panic with this disease it would be that no, symptoms don't come and go.  I decided to join an ALS forum, I asked the question and the people were very polite and told me No.  ALS does not come and go, I was feeling really good and relieved.  I had a great weekend, however when I came back today and the tab was still active.  I saw one response and it said that the person's brother in law's did come and go.  I am back to square one, can anyone relate?  Any advise is well appreciated...thanks!!!
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 04:22:16 PM »
This is really funny because i browse those boards related to that fear and i saw your post, and that response! and freaked me out too, but the odds are in your favor.

instead of freaking out just go see your neurologist and get the test done. that is the only way it will relieve your mind!
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 04:27:43 PM »
goodness

can you see the pattern you are setting..... get a test,  feel all warm that you don't have X.  then immediately move onto a new fear not covered by the previous testing?

Yes you could go to a neuro and get new round of tests to alleviate the ALS fear.  What do you think will happen after you get the all clear from the neuro?

As another wise member here, floridaguy, always said,  -------------- LASTING solace will not be found in an MRI tube, will not be found under a CT scan machine, will not be found by a sonogram, will not be found with another EKG, will not be found by giving another vial of blood, etc.   

Anytime we try to address our anxious over thinking through reassurance it is, IMO, doomed to failure.   
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MOST anxiety occurs on a subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state

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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 04:55:13 PM »
Thank you guys for your kind words, jilllay I actually spoke to that lady offline.  She told me it was because when her brother in law had a drink his slurring would be worse sometimes.  This actually calmed me down for a bit because I wasn't drinking and she said it would get worse.  I was actually feeling really good with the other member's response, until that one hit. In my previous ALS scare my doctors did not want to send me to a neurologist because my symptoms were so vague.  He said it was all in my mind, and it was.  This was about 4 years ago, I just get really frustrated because before I would have a break in between feeling anxious.  Now it hit from one day to the other, I haven't had the slurring anymore since that day, but who knows.  Jilllay, how are you feeling?
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 05:43:04 PM »
I have had some very odd symptoms and sometimes i do feel like my speech is odd, but it always goes away. But i have seen a neurologist had emgs even saw a neuromuscular specialist and im good. But my drs do think my symptoms are odd. especially since i had random chunks of fat? muscle? tissue? missing from parts of my body, but! NO weakness!

My primary dr is the only one that completely agrees with me that my anxiety didnt come first, it came AFTER i was having the symptoms and got freaked out haha. im 5 months into all this and i just live my life and ignore everything. mentally its just better that way.
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 06:07:27 PM »
I agree, it is hard tho.  But I know in my heart as before I will be coming out of this, I know when I used to see my old psychologist, it took 2 years before I had my next attack.  Since he died I've been seeing this new therapist, she's good but my insurance wouldn't cover her.  I lasted another year and a half without an incident.  This month has been pretty tough, it seems one after another thing comes up and I can't find any peace.  My girlfriend just had our baby girl and I don't want to be like this for her to see.  That's why I'm getting the help, I know I will probably be in therapy the rest of my life.  But if it helps I don't mind...If you go back to that thread someone else answered saying that it's not on and off.  she clarified for me, just in case anyone who is reading this doesn't become alarmed...
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 06:12:54 PM »
yea i agree with you. once it starts there is no good and bad days i hear.

I never had experienced health anxiety like this before but it was triggered by giving birth to my second child. i guess the hormones amped up my anxiety!

i hope you find peace soon. good thing is your little girl wont remember this when she grows up :)
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 06:16:03 PM »
Slurring one sentence when you are tired?  It going away?  I'm not too impressed.  Anxious people slur speech, tired people slur speech, those with dry mouth slur speech.  In the vast majority of cases the speech issue doesn't come and go...it quickly progresses as you lose syllable after syllable until you can't speak.
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Want to know how to address your anxiety?
http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php/topic,93402.msg521266.html#msg521266

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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 06:26:15 PM »
It makes sense Shawn, It's just the anxiety in me telling me what if?  You know what I mean, it's terrible to be your worse enemy in that sense...but thank you.
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 08:39:32 PM »
I haven't been on this board for some time, but it seems like there is an ALS worry epidemic. I am glad to know I am not alone, but sad that others are suffering from this worry.
Like Shawn says, slurring speech once in a while is just part of being human. Have you been with your GF long enough to tell her not to say things like that to you because it could trigger some worry?
Also, don't go on those ALS forums. There will always be a person that makes you feel worse. You can't trust the accuracy of the info, either. Seriously, I am making a deal with my husband that if I don't medi-google or go on those forums, he'll take me somewhere awesome. I need to be bribed, literally. Maybe you could do something similar?
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 08:51:18 PM »
I experience slurry speech too when I'm anxious I think it's normal for anxiety/HA sufferers.
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 01:11:50 PM »
Hello guys, thanks for your replies.   I wish I could say I'm doing better but I'm not.  This is the second day I've missed work, this fear is really destroying my life.  I saw my psychologist yesterday but he didn't really help all that much.  He didn't really try to reassure me that I'm ok.  He said it might be or it may not be ALS, I'm seeing a psychiatrist today.   I don't know what to do anymore.   I don't want to lose my job but this fear is eating me alive... thanks for listening.
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2014, 02:03:13 PM »
Hello guys, thanks for your replies.   I wish I could say I'm doing better but I'm not.  This is the second day I've missed work, this fear is really destroying my life.  I saw my psychologist yesterday but he didn't really help all that much.  He didn't really try to reassure me that I'm ok.  He said it might be or it may not be ALS, I'm seeing a psychiatrist today.   I don't know what to do anymore.   I don't want to lose my job but this fear is eating me alive... thanks for listening.

Makes sense that a psychologist would tell you that since he/she has no medical training.  Also, the psychologist has probably recognized an addiction to reassurance and wasn't planning on feeding it.  Instead he/she was stating it may be/it may not be...learn to deal with the unknown.
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Want to know how to address your anxiety?
http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php/topic,93402.msg521266.html#msg521266

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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2014, 02:09:00 PM »
Oh, Albert, my heart is truly breaking for you. Fortunately, when I went through my really bad ALS scare, I was still a college student and had already dropped out of school, so I had nothing but time on my hands to worry. I was prescribed 1mg of klonopin and it was as if I had taken some super powerful opiate. I was basically knocked unconscious the first time I took it. Luckily, I soon saw a psychiatrist after that and she cut my dose in half, so it helped with the anxiety without incapacitating me. I missed at least two days of work a couple of years ago because I was CERTAIN I had colon cancer. I spent two years with that fear, until a colonoscopy two weeks ago dispelled it forever. But you MUST find some way to get back to work. I am at work right now. I am not doing my job. Instead I am on an anxiety board posting about my fears of neurological disease, but I am physically present. Is that possible for you? Can you at least be at your desk or whatever, even if your mind isn't present, so that you don't get fired? I sincerely doubt you have ALS, especially after just one incident of slurred speech while you were tired. We all slur our speech from time to time. I know I do. Good luck, my friend.
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Re: Slurred Speech
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2014, 02:21:40 PM »
Thank you Nabila, I will try my best to be there tomorrow.  My bosses are really cool but they have a business to run.  I hate this, I see my friends and siblings, I don't get why I have to feel this way. :(
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