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    Foreign Accent Syndrome

    Foreign Accent Syndrome is an incredibly rare condition that results in damage to the speech centres of the brain, resulting in a sudden speech impediment that leaves the suffer sounding as if they are speaking their native language in the accent of a… Read more →

    Hello Doctor, I have got a problem and I don't know who to talk with for that reason I need your help. I'm from Somalia and 31 years old, I had fgm which honestly speaking never had problem interns of period but lately I have realised that I have got bigger.... I can't have sex!! Even touching with one finger was so painful and truly speaking I have ran from my marriage and ask a divorce. Is there anything you can do for me? Many thanks





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    I'm 34 years old(female)and I'm a professional in the public service. Over the past 6 months, for reasons unknown to me, I now blush at every little thing, from speaking to my work colleagues (about the most mundain of subjects), both in a group and one on one, and lately I even blushed when speaking to my own parents! If the topic of conversation is an embarrassing one (which unfortunately is very often in my line of work), my blushing is even worse. I now feel myself avoiding eye contact with people and avoiding people altogether if I can, which is having a detrimental affect on my confidence and is drastically reducing my chances of promotion, as speaking to groups of people forms a large part of my job. I have always been a very confident person in pretty much any situation and have no idea why the sudden change? I am very happy at home, and other than the blushing, happy in my job also. I find it very strange to have this problem at my age and I'm afraid of the lasting effects it may have if not sorted. Please help!!!





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    I have a wart like growth on the soft palate of my mouth, said to be a papilloma I have seen a ENT consultant, however I am based overseas and do not speak enough Spanish to talk at a medical level. What i did undstand is that he wants to remove it with topical anesthesia, but I know nothing more. How do they do this? Will it bleed, hurt, need stitches? It would be bad enough getting this done in UK, but when it's in a foreign language I am really scared. Pls help if you've had this procedure.





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    Hi ive noticed some small bumps come up around my vulva...my boyfriend has had a wart on his finger and im worried its been transferred down there! I have no idea what else it could be...i was checked out a while ago and have only been with my current long term boyfriend since. Any advice would be great as im travelling in the US at the moment and dont want to have to go to a foreign doctors as it will be expensive! Thanks!





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    Hello, I have thick brown/pinky/bloody discharge all day long, it smells awful and i've been checked for STI's but my results showed nothing?! I've just moved to a Foreign country so can't really see a doctor but im really worried. I've tried feeling inside my vagina and there's a massive lump inside it, and don't know if this is normal. please help :(





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    I found a weird lump too :/ it doesn't feel right. but I don't know what it is.

    Dear All, I have got severe pain in my left ear, especially when i clean it with buds. I feel something is stuck inside it,when i put buds some paper crush sound is hearing,and pains a lot but i'm sure no paper or foreign body is there in it. Please help me, give me a solution to get rid of this pain. Thanks in advance, Nash





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    I'm 15 years old and I started mastrubating...When my penis's erected I can't pull my hole of my foreskin down. In addition I can't touch my penis's head because I feel a pain that's similar with the pain you feel when you touch your eye.. Please Help! (I'm from a foreign country, so I apologise if my english aren't so good)





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    Rather than starting with something that is hard, umm, start with something that is easy. If you can bathe by sitting in a tub of warm water, try gently retracting your foreskin while wet and flaccid. If you can do this twice a day for a couple of weeks, you should be able to gradually reduce the sensitivity. At some point, try retracting the foreskin every time you pee. Eventually, try washing the glans (head) to help with the sensitivity reduction. As you adjust to all this attention, try retracting when you are semi-erect. Are you following the pattern? Start with what you are able to tolerate, but gradually increase the time and touching.

    What does it mean if you have big red spots at the back of your tongue causing a hoarse voice and trouble speaking, then get a tickly cough?





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    Hello. I am a single 48-year-old woman, never married no kids. I was dxd with chronic autoimmune the affect the CNS. Current stressors have led to me forgetting to remove tampons...two during two different cycles. The first time the foreign object was extracted, I was give antibiotics and all was normal. The second time? An odor along with vaginal dryness persisted after the extraction. With no significant other, pleasuring myself is one of the few endorphins I can actively engage in. I am currently on antibiotics and dry a a bone. Should I be worried about my vaginal health?





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    hi, im 17 and have 4 small small lumps/bumps underneath my tongue. they arent hurting but when they catch on my teeth, they hurt. i've been having a hard time speaking for the last week and usually mess up a couple of words in a sentence. does anyone know whats wrong? thanks





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    Hi Catherine, sorry you haven't been able to find me. I live in Cheltenham and there should be a photo on my profile. If you google foreign accent syndrome kay russell you will find interview on there by bbc radio gloucestershire - living with foreign accent syndrome or BBC breakfast time Coping with Foreign Accent Syndrome and you'll see what I look like You should then be able to find me from there

    Hi i am not sure if i have foreign accent syndrome but last july i suffered i convulsion and woke up unable to speak and had to teach myself to speak again and then ended up with an foreign accent for a month or so and now i suffered i severe migraine and a few days later i was unable to speak again and then this foreign accent happened again. I am under an neurologist but this migraine has lasted 4 days now aswell as this accent.





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    Hi , I'm not sure if I do have foreign accent syndrome or not over ayear a go I had stroke like symptoms and was in hospital , had ct scan that didn't show any signs of a stroke yet I come from hackney and have a foreign accent but that's not my only problem I have trouble walking and using my right side of my body too.





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    Hi louise you sound deffinately like you have it ....if yu can, go to your g.p and ask to be refer to a speech therapist .... if you have facebook look for foreign accent syndrome (new) ok we are all there to listen ......

    Thank you for your comment, I already have seen speech therapist but it hasn't helped me .I am now waiting to see a specialist for cfs/m e

    I also have Foreign Accent Syndrome.





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    Hi Rebecca, so do I and have had for nearly 2 year, mine was caused through Hemiplegic migraine. Hope you doing ok, if you wish to get in contact with me, am on Facebook, Kay Russell. Would be great to be in touch as its very weird when this happen and total bewildering as its so unheard of. Best wishes Kay

    I also suffer with foreign accent syndrome mine started May 2010 i went to bed got up following and i could not speak but as my speak came back i was left with this condition. I was diagnosed in October 2010

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    Look for foreign accent syndrome new on Facebook

    Hello if you are look for support go to the foreign accent syndrome new on Facebook

    You can find Help on the fas sight on Facebook as well look for foreign accent syndrome new

    good evening everyone anybody new people foreign accent syndrome on here tho my name is mo

    Join the foreign accent syndrome new on facebook and you will find her that way maybe a bit easier!

    I have FAS however have been lucky as Ive gone from the strong Australian accent to a Canadian accent often getting asked where I am from. I play with this with others as I was born in Dallas melbourne Victoria Australia - so I tell them Dallas and laugh :) Occassionally my accent will changes to a strong indian accent which can be very embarrassing as it comes on sudden!





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    I also suffer from foreign accent since 2009 after suffering from strokes. I am told that i sound Italian!





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    Julia, my name is Kay Russell and a fellow sufferer of FAS. If you wish to talk with me about FAS please feel free to contact me via Facebook. If you google Foreign Accent Syndrome Kay Russell you'll see I've done a lot of interviews and you'll see photos to help find me on FB. best wishes to you, Kay

    Hello the Facebook sight for fas is foreign accent syndrome new .... You can also contact nick miller at Newcastle uni

    Hello the Facebook sight for fas is foreign accent syndrome new .... You can also contact nick miller at Newcastle uni

    Hi louise you sound deffinately like you have it ....if yu can, go to your g.p and ask to be refer to a speech therapist .... if you have facebook look for foreign accent syndrome (new) ok we are all there to listen ......

    Julia, my name is Kay Russell and a fellow sufferer of FAS. If you wish to talk with me about FAS please feel free to contact me via Facebook. If you google Foreign Accent Syndrome Kay Russell you'll see I've done a lot of interviews and you'll see photos to help find me on FB. best wishes to you, Kay

    I also suffer with foreign accent syndrome mine started May 2010 i went to bed got up following and i could not speak but as my speak came back i was left with this condition. I was diagnosed in October 2010

    Hi Kelly, my name is Kay Russell and have Foreign Accent syndrome. Am happy to talk to you and you can find me on facebook. Have you been to see your GP since this start or a neurologist? Best way for diagnosis is to ask GP to recommend for speech therapy appointment. A speech therapist should then be able to help you with this. It is a bit of slow process sometime unfortunate. If you need any more assistance, please contact me via FB. Best wishes to you Kay

    Hi, I'm wondering how you get diagnosed? I totally relate to your condition but not to the same extent. I speak in different accents all the time and don't seem able to control it. I hear an accent and I'm immediately speaking like it. I have a history of migraines and this has definitely become worse in the last couple of years. I am also bothered by a lot of background noises. I wonder if I might have a mild case?





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    Hi Kelly, my name is Kay Russell and have Foreign Accent syndrome. Am happy to talk to you and you can find me on facebook. Have you been to see your GP since this start or a neurologist? Best way for diagnosis is to ask GP to recommend for speech therapy appointment. A speech therapist should then be able to help you with this. It is a bit of slow process sometime unfortunate. If you need any more assistance, please contact me via FB. Best wishes to you Kay

    Hello I wouldn't say that you hear it and sound like it .. It is more you are unable to control your muscles in you mouth and it sound different because of this.....but if you are concerned you can contact you local speech therapist or contact nick miller at newcastle uni or John Coleman at Oxford uni Hope this helps ......

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    Well Done!! Telling the story from personal impact, not just stats. I also have been dealing with Foreign Accent Syndrome personally since a bad migraine in May 2009 which took my normal midwest American speech and changed it profoundly into "European blend" depending on the words used and the hearer...French/ Swedish - German, Irish, south African, Australian ... I am very thankful for this piece and likewise desire to get the truth of the condition more into the mainstream medical and public press. I believe there are more people like us out there with doctors who have not heard of FAS may misdiagnose and whose sufferers are in the turmoil of not knowing what is happening, why, nor having understanding support. I would like to offer articles on my site Ellen5e.com and search box fas to see articles, hear and see videos to encourage and enlighten you from both first and secobd person point of view. I am known as Ellen5e and would love to connect on twitter or facebook as well :-) With such rarity, understanding support is even more critical and Kay, Debie and others like us are connecting via the net.





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    'Telling the story from personal impact' lol I was hit by a car in 1994 and suffered a massive head injury. My voice went through periods of me speaking like a South African though mainly I sounded Welsh-Italian! Over the years my voice has become stable, but is it 'normal'? I am told by most speech therapists that I am dysarthric yet tests say I am not! It is the new me, I guess, as no one can remember how I spoke before. Oddly, I was good at accents (and animal impressions), but now can do none :( All I have left is a voice I use to speak, but it is not really me.

    good evening everyone anybody new people foreign accent syndrome on here tho my name is mo

    I had FAS after a severe concussion (serious car accident). I too could read in my own accent. Also, immediately after the concussion, I couldn't say anything that was understandable to a listener, although I could read out loud as normal. The most awful thing was that the staff in the hospital were talking about me a laughing at me in the corridor when my ability to speak suddenly came back (after 5 days of gobbledegook)in a very strong Scottish West Highlands accent (which I couldn't ever mimic normally). The accent changed over time and became more Eastern European. It lasted on and off for over a year, but now (three years later), it only comes when I am mentally exhausted (ie, after a hard week, lots of concentrating, noise, fatigue etc..). But, it was bizarre! I am originally from Manchester, England, and my speech therapist said that I sounded like a Polish person who learned their English in Manchester! I occasionally get slurred/slowed speech, and when I am trying to explain something, my speech often gets 'gappy'... I also had mild dysphasia and anomia (couldn't name things even though I knew what they were, and what they were for) after my concussion. Very odd... Doctors just kept referring to things as 'odd' (accurate I suppose, but unhelpful at the same time)... Have a look at this website - it was recommended to me by a neurologist and it was very, very helpful - http://www.neurosymptoms.org/ - it describes things known as 'functional problems'. Good luck :)

    I believe I have FAS but am in the process of getting an MRI and going to a speech pathologist. It's been about 2 months since it started. I live in California and was born and raised here, but now speak English with what can sound like and Australian accent. I am finally starting to adjust to it, as it isn't getting and better. I was starting to feel very stressed and depressed about it. It came on 3.5 weeks after I recovered from a tonsillectomy. So I don't know what the cause of the syndrome is yet. It's odd though, because I speak Vietnamese as well, and my Vietnamese hasn't changed. My English will also start off in the morning as not thick-Australian and gets thicker as I keep talking and as the day goes on. I've even started to use slang terms I've never used before. I am at least glad I got a more charming accent to the American ear. But I feel like I need the support of others who are going through the same thing. I am only 22 and this is definitely giving me an identity crisis. I can't imagine being much older and going through the this. It would be so much more difficult I feel.





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