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    Doctors do not know what is wrong with speech and facial numbness.
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    An_221439 posted:
    About a year ago, I was in the hospital because I had facial numbness that went down the right side of my face and into my arm and leg After seeing a neurologist, he indicated it was caused by silent migraines, as I did not have a headache. I stopped complaining about it when it came and went up until recently.
    In November, I was dianosed with laryngitis, which lasted for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. My voice came back. Periodically up until March, my voice would go out and they would tell me to just not talk, I sounded like minnie mouse and very breathy. I went to my doctors in March and he gave me an antibiotic as he thought I may have had strep throat farther down in my throat, but had no symptoms. A week later I was back in his office. He gave me a referral to an ENT.
    The ENT said that my vocal cords had seperated and I needed speech therapy to get them back to normal. This past Tuesday (4/6) was my first session with the speech therapist, after an hour of throat manipulation we stopped. 30 minutes later I had a stutter and the numbness came back to my face the next morning. The speech therapist indicates it was not from her and sent me back to the ENT, who said my vocal cords were now perfectly fine. He indicated he thought maybe I had a stroke or lime disease. I'm 27 years old and have always been in relative good health, with the exception of a common cold here or there. He sent me to the ER at Dartmouth. The doctors were amazed, never had they had anyone with my symptoms and no diagnosis. I sound like a foreigner with a stutter, I've NEVER had a stutter before, ever.
    They set me up with an MRI for this Saturday 4/10 to rule out anything in my brain. I'm set up to see a neurologist that specializes in speech next week.
    I do not understand and I mean no offense to anyone with a disability, but I do not sound normal. I'm 27 and have never had a surgery or been hospitalized. I cannot work, I manage a bank and deal with people on a regular basis. The doctors told me I cannot go back to work until I can perform my job duties normally. How can I perform them normally when no one can tell me what is wrong. I have headaches, facial numbness, and stuttery speech. Does anyone out there have an idea or suggestion???

    Thank you.
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    susiemargaret responded:
    hello, 18748 --

    will you keep us posted on what you find out?

    in addition, you might want to take a look, or post, at the "cold/flu" exchange -- http://exchanges.webmd.com/cold-and-flu-exchange . despite its title, the posts cover all sorts of speech/ENT problems, and they have an expert too.

    i'm so sorry you've developed these horrible problems.

    -- susie margaret


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