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  •  Shows how much we don't know (8+ / 0-)

    about the human brain!  If migraines, seizure activity, and MS damage can cause aphasia, then what exactly is going on? I have no idea, and it's a little late for me to start a career in neurology.

    I'd rather be called a dirty fucking hippy for reading books then to stand on the side that throws books in the garbage. - MinistryofTruth

    by Jensequitur on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:09:23 PM PST

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    •  It can be so subtle: (6+ / 0-)

      I have had 6 seizures in my life (41 y/o) and I am on medication to prevent, to the extent possible, another one.

      I have found that when I am on the medicine and hand writing (hand writing ONLY) that I will go to write a number or word and write a letter or number in the middle, such as intending to write 126 and write the 2 first and have to put a 1 in front, or write a word such as terrible and start with an r and immediately have to write a t and e  before it.  I instantly recognize my mistake.

      So so so subtle, but has only happened since I have been on the seizure medicine, I am normal in every other way.  We should be humbled by how little we know about the brain instead of being in awe of what we have "figured out."

      "How can the United States be the Greatest Nation ever if it is the only modern nation where citizens hold bake sales to pay for life saving medical care?" Single payer is coming but how many people will die before it becomes the only solution?

      by 4CasandChlo on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 06:56:27 PM PST

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    •  My mother had it.. (0+ / 0-)

      it was caused by Fronto Temporal Dementia. A degenerative brain disease much like Alzheimers but more agressive.  I'm glad you got better, but you never said how.  My wife has a form of FTD called Semantic which also effects speech, but differently.  My mom was reduced to "word salad"  babbling along lots of word but no meaning.  My wife can still do stntences, but has trouble with verbs and nouns.. The brain is a weird and magistic thing.

      “It's a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead - and find no one there” ---Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by vmckimmey on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:55:22 AM PST

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