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Old 05-06-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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Been married 13 years now and she seems to be getting worse but she doesn’t recognize what’s going on. A thought pops into her head and she starts talking before she has the words fully formed to express what she’s thinking. She speaks so quickly trying to get her thought out that she doesn’t even fully form each syllable of the words and even leaves some words out leaving me to ask what she is trying to say. At her worse she stumbles over words like a skipping record trying to find the words to get her thought across. She is 50 years old, has had multiple spinal surgeries, still has spinal problems, nerve damage in the area of the surgeries, and severe arthritis in both knees. She’s on oxycodone, flexeril, and Xanax.

Could this be a hidden stroke symptom, a degrading of mental faculties, a symptom of medication, or a combination of all these?
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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You need to talk to a real medical professional for this type of situation.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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Some people talk to think, and others think to talk but, hum this is something you may need to bring up with your wife and her doctor. Slurred speech and memory problems are a common side effect of Xanax,just fyi.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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Can you give an example?
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:44 PM
 
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Ask your/her doctor, OP. The poor woman has been through a lot.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:10 PM
 
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Medication could for sure be a factor, but she should see a neurologist to assess what's going on in the expressive language areas of the brain.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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That's a deadly combo of meds, watch her closely.

She needs a full neuo exam asap for her speech problem.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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My wife's first sign of dementia was aphasia.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20369518
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:33 PM
 
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May I suggest the reader's digest approach? Ask her to find one word to start the conversation. Then build upon that. I worked with patients who had their thoughts discombobulated. It took re aligning their thought pattern with one word. Such as ' cup'. From there it slowly expanded to..my cup of water needs refilled. It is a delicately slowing down of the mind process. Terribly taxing some times. See if a speech therapist can guide.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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It could be a form of expressive aphasia which needs a neurologist to diagnose. Start with her family doctor.
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