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Replies: 2 - Pages: [1] - Last reply: 2021-08-27 15:02:46 - By: carole pomilio
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mary odell

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2021-04-26 23:55:27

I am in my ninth month of aphasia. Rarely, can I get through any conversation without, jargon, nonsense, and unintelligible words.
What I intend to say never comes out as planned. A CAT SCAN, MRI, and EEG did not show any significant problems. Truly, I am having a serious problem. Now the doctors, who can’t determine this cause, want to say it’s just all in my head. At this point I am very frustrated and beginning to get depressed. My fear is that I will be written off as a lunatic, simply because they don’t have an answer.

Is it possible to have a partial stroke that only affects the language department, after a head injury?

Please help. thankyou.

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carole pomilio

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

Dear Mary,
I am sorry for your frustration. I have worked with those with aphasia for many years and have seen incredible frustration, to the point of tears. I am somewhat unsure as to how to answer your question. Yes, deterioration in language functions can result from a traumatic brain injury however this is usually caused by some type of damage to the brain, which would be detectable on an MRI or CAT scan. Since there was no damage detected I don’t think this is the problem. However, there is some research being done on a disease called Primary Progressive Aphasia. This will cause deterioration in language functioning and may not be detectable on the different scans that you mentioned. There is some information about Primary Progressive Aphasia on the Aphasia Hope website. Read this over and see if this appears to fit the symptoms that you are having. If so, maybe you could mention this to your physician and then have him recommend a course of speech therapy, which could assist in increasing your communication, and language abilities, therefore decreasing your frustration. I hope this is helpful. If you need more information, please write back.
Carole Pomilio

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