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  •  Actually, there are dozens (at least) cases of (4+ / 0-)

    hemispherectomy now with amazing recovery.  At the same time I was studying some of these cases in a "brain and language" class while working on a master's degree in linguistics, I was privileged to have a chance conversation with a young woman who'd undergone a hemispherectomy following a gunshot wound. It happened to be the first week of a new semester and she was a new student at the same university I attended. She was obviously lost on campus and I stopped to offer directions. When she turned toward me and I could read her name tag. I recognized her name from the newspapers and because she was a prior patient of a neuropsychologist with whom I was working. Otherwise, I'd never have guessed her history. That was approximately 18 months post trauma, and almost 20 years ago.

    Now, I've experienced for myself the symptoms Jensequitur has described and have a similar MRI report. The neurologist in my city who treats almost exclusively MS (the preferred go-to guy here) tells me he believes my condition is MS; however, subsequently I've had some positive anti-nuclear antibody test results that suggest something else to the equally highly-regarded rheumatologist I see (neurologic lupus). Statistically, it's unlikely that I have both, although I'm told they're "cousins," and I hope to get definitive testing within the next few months. In the meantime, I'm taking some of the medications common to either condition (methylprednisolone, Plaquenil, baclofen) and I'm doing better, but because of my age (65) and my late diagnosis, I don't expect to have the dramatic recovery I saw in the young gunshot victim.

    Daily Kos has been wonderful for me as a place where no one hears me halt mid-sentence when I've lost the thread or can't remember a certain word. Thanks to all those who read without ever saying "hurry up."

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 08:31:54 PM PST

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