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Old 06-28-2011, 09:48 AM
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Thumbs down Trouble getting words out/finding the right words?

for the past few days I've been having real trouble getting words out, sometimes I know what I want to say but can't say it right, So it ends up not making a lot of sense, I've noticed my husband squinting when I talk to him,like he is having a hard time understanding me.

Other times I can't think of the right words at all, so I just say that "thing" it is really frusterating. Does anyone know of any changes I can make to make this somewhat better?
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:59 PM
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Laughing only because my hubby has been squinting alot at me lately! Having problems with the right words happens all too often, and all I can say about it getting better, is that when I'm less stressed it is better.

It comes and goes really, sort of a relapsing/remitting symptom for me.

I am constantly referring to "that thingy".

Playing word games and such is helpful, keeps things working more efficiently in the old noggin. I haven't played in the arcade lately, think I better visit there ASAP!
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:16 PM
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It comes and goes really, sort of a relapsing/remitting symptom for me.
For me too. And I try to stay focus and to talk not to much at work in this times. If I really concentrate I can manage it, but it's hard. At home, it is not important if I say "Saugstauber" instead of "Staubsauger" but at work ...

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Old 06-28-2011, 04:26 PM
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Not sure if this is caused by MS but i will often say a word near to what i mean but not the right word and often people shake their head and laugh..and say something like only Lynn would say that. i was once having a heated argument and finished my point by waving my arm and saying get out of my sight already, but instead i said get out of my vision already and the person i was fighting with and trying to intimidate just cracked up...took me a while to realize why she was laughing at me...but it was a good thing because the fight wasn't worth it. kind of like a joke to break the tension that i did inadvertently. it was a good thing. i do that a lot and did that a lot before i was diagnosed and after my onset symptom-who knows if its ms or not? so do my senior citizen parents do that too. age, ms & cp are so similar they all affect the cns.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:45 PM
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The thingamabob is a constant phrase out of my mouth, and the "thing, you know what I'm talking about" as well. Of course, often times they don't!

When I was having really bad problems with mixing up words, such as "Bring me the spoon," instead of "bring me the broom," I decided to do something about it, and started playing puzzle games, like bejewelled, something I had to think in order to get, but I've fallen off the wagon so to speak, and it's getting worse, of course that could be because I'm gaining more lesions, too. I'm not sure. I'll have to figure it out.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:55 AM
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I am in the computer business and couldn't remember what a computer monitor was called. I was playing charades with a colleague...sounds like...shaped like...

Of course when this happens or when I comment to friends that this happens to me more than I am comfortable with for my age (49), they of course say...oh, that happens to me ALL the time. You can't have MS because that is just age. All people our age do that.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:57 AM
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Not just age...

I'm 43 and have been having this speech problem since I was about 34. I can't play cherades though because I can't even think of a synonym, the spelling or even the first letter of the word. I can't describe it or even point at it. I'm completely dumbfounded at these times. I can't even go on to say something else sometimes. I can't even find an alternate word like "thingamabob."

Other times I say the wrong word and do not know it until someone tells me. I say something like "go get in the banana" instead of "go get in the bathtub". Sometimes I say something like this and realize it, but most of the time I do not. Many times, the wrong word starts with the right letter, but not always.

Other times I say a sentence out of order. I don't usually know I have done it.

I get so tired of hearing friends and family say that it is no big deal about many of my symptoms because they do it too. They stumble a couple of times a year, not daily. They can't think of a word occasionally, not multiple times daily. It doesn't freeze their thought process. They drop things, but not so much that it takes them three times as long to fold clothes.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:47 PM
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This problem has been my #2 symptom after pain for my MS. I forget the names of things, forget remembering anyone's name, know a word in my head but can't remember how to spell it, think one thing and type another...and on and on. It was really embarrassing initially. I had always been sharp, could remember everything and never stumbled over words. Those days are long gone! It is really odd...I was diagnosed with a B12 deficiency 9 years before the MS diagnosis. I was having such a difficult time (memory, cognitive problems and fatigue) that the doc sent me to a neuro psychologist for neuro psych testing. I tested off the chart on vocabulary and spelling but many times couldn't put the right things together. One of the funniest things I ever said was "you know that blinky thing," when trying to say the blinker/turn indicator on the car. The worst is picking up a new book to read, getting through 200 pages and realizing you read the book before - I hate buying duplicates!
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:48 AM
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Symptom for me, as well!

I have the same problem with forgetfullness, word finding issues, I get lost going to the grocery store four blocks away! As a self depreciating joke, I refer to myself as whackadoodle... but, in actuality I do have a reason for being this way! I was tested by a neurophych as well, went thru the three day battery of cognitive tests and failed them all like a pro. This was one of the things that led to my diagnosis of MS, as I was having episodes of getting lost going to familiar places and I thought I was having some sort of early dementia. My counselor suggested the neuropych testing which I completed, I failed, she suggested a trip to my PCP, I had an MRI, he sent me to the Neuro MS specialist... the rest is history.

Yes, though. Word finding is a HUGE issue for me, as well as not being able to find my way out of a paper bag. Thingybobber is a common word I use, or "oh you know what that thing is" .... while I wildly draw pictures with my fingers in the air.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:59 AM
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I'm 43 and have been having this speech problem since I was about 34. I can't play cherades though because I can't even think of a synonym, the spelling or even the first letter of the word. I can't describe it or even point at it. I'm completely dumbfounded at these times. I can't even go on to say something else sometimes. I can't even find an alternate word like "thingamabob."

Other times I say the wrong word and do not know it until someone tells me. I say something like "go get in the banana" instead of "go get in the bathtub". Sometimes I say something like this and realize it, but most of the time I do not. Many times, the wrong word starts with the right letter, but not always.

Other times I say a sentence out of order. I don't usually know I have done it.

I get so tired of hearing friends and family say that it is no big deal about many of my symptoms because they do it too. They stumble a couple of times a year, not daily. They can't think of a word occasionally, not multiple times daily. It doesn't freeze their thought process. They drop things, but not so much that it takes them three times as long to fold clothes.
My husband does the same thing. Especially about not remembering things, he says, "I'm doing that so much lately," - it's like he forgets who he's talking to, as I generally can't remember what was for dinner last night (and then he goes and asks me what was for dinner and I'm like - look who your asking, I can't remember to put the clothes in the dryer). I don't think he even realizes that he's minimizing my struggles by trying to compare his to mine.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:11 PM
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Could be a condition called dysphasia. It is not uncommon among people with MS.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:24 PM
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I failed the neuro psych test also but the psych doctor insisted it wasn't because of the B12 deficiency, which is what I was diagnosed with at the time. I couldn't find my way out of the mall, get to a store less than a mile away that I went to all the time. It was a really freaky feeling. The mall was the worst. I actually had to ask a security guard to walk me through the mall to the store I came in at because while I knew where I came in, I couldn't even follow the store map to get there.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:24 AM
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I have "issues" with getting the right words out sometimes or forgetting words/names or what i was going to say. My family is great and politely says "you mean...such and so?". Or sometimes my husband will tease me by saying "that's easy for you to say." and we both laugh. Tonight while driving in the car I tried to say the word coupon and got stuck on the letter c and just stuttered it severals time.
Because we were having a conversation my husband knew the word I was trying to say and he said, "you mean coupon." And of course I said yes and then said coupon and we chuckled cuz my grandson (age 5) who was riding with us asked what on earth we were talking about.

If you haven't read Dean Kramer's book "Life on Cripple Creek" I recommend you get a copy. She has such a wonderful way of sharing what it's like living with MS and does it with sensitivity, tenderness and humor. I'm re-reading at the moment.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:53 AM
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I'm right there with you. I think this part of MS is what scares my DH the most. I forget words or say boat when I mean car or get the letters mixed up vocally.

I was reading an article that made all of this easier for me to handle. Perhaps it might some of you as well. I'm sorry I didn't keep it as a reference.

Anyway, it was talking that the corpus collosum is the transmiter in the brain.

For instance we all know that one side of the brain is for thinking more the artsy side. the other is for action.

But, some things take both thinking and action. Like talking; you think of the word then actively speak it. Well, the corpus collosum transfers the word from thinking to speaking.

Those of us who have lesions on the corpus collosum sometimes have message delays. We're thinking but we spit it out before the brain can quite get it transmitted, thus saying the wrong word. Or, we're having trouble coming up with the word in the first place so it can't be transmitted.

Sometimes, if I try hard to slow down it works out better, there may be a pause before I speak the messed up word but I can get it out. Then, there are other times I'd have to be so slow that the conversation will be on a totally different topic before it comes out. LOL
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:14 AM
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very frustrating

I am the same way. Sometimes it's not that bad and nobody will notice.. but more often than not, it's annoyingly noticable! I've cried at times, because my brain just won't work. I know what I want to say, but my mouth just won't let it out.
 

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