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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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My stutter goes completely away at times. At other times it is VERY pronounced when any of these occur
  • I have not slept well
  • I have had severe head pain
  • I have high emotional response to something

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  • My brain is maxed out by cognition

Neuro psych says this is VERY odd. He says with speech issues due to injury it is usually always or never. No in between. He says it's very puzzling.

My question: does this on/off stutter happen to anyone else?

I keep thinking I can control it if I just tried harder and yet I fail every time.
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NEW: Completed 12 weeks of physical therapy and returned to work full time.

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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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I disagree with him. Stress can cause any kind of symptoms.

There are plenty of NeuroPsychs who have different biases and mixed beliefs about concussions.
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As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

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I also disagree with him.

I will sometimes even go so far as respeat whole sentences, or even repeat phrases in the middle of something I am saying, as if its part of what Im discussing......I did this in my I.M.E. with the Psychiatrist for SSDI, he just stared at me, and began note-taking, no comments, while I was totally stressed........my drive home was, well, I'm still awaiting news......

Mark is correct. Stress, and our brains.......its a whole ball of wax, remodeling itself to fit its new self, and stress just bothers its remodeling process all along the way.
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Fluctuating symptoms, aka the roller coaster, is very common for PCS. I find it "odd" that he doesn't know that. Then again, we probably know more about concussion/TBI than most doctors just from reading this forum.

It comes and goes for me too. It's much worse when I'm under stress or if my brain is flooded from overstimulation. Just the other night, I spit on the ground in front of a store and the security guard almost stepped in it, so I said "Careful not to spit...sit...STEP in it".

Ugh, it's embarrassing. But...what can we do???

As you can see...you're not alone. So I hope just knowing that will make you feel a little better.

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Unread 02-16-2013, 01:12 AM   #5
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I stutter, repeat, and pause a lot. Some days are worse than others. If I am over stimulated my speech is poor.
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Me too, it only kicks in when I am tired or stressed
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yea it seems to be on and off for me as well, like most symptoms I believe its a response to whatever triggers one might have
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I do it occasionally. For me it might be a trigger. Mostly I think it is related to the slow processing speed I deal with. If I am focusing really hard and trying to be very specific is when it is noticeable.
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Thanks everybody. Helps me feel validated. The neuro psych did not.

My stutter is a legit stutter that "sounds" like I'm faking it or something because its so acute when it hits.

It's "I I I I I I I can't nnnnnremember if if nnnnnnn if if if I I I I nnnnnn locked the nnnnnndoor" for example.

And then other times I have no stutter at all. Sometimes slowed annunciation (slight slurring) but not very often.
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NEW: Completed 12 weeks of physical therapy and returned to work full time.

About me: I'm a marketing manager, a mom with a blended family and wife to a heart attack survivor. I believe my brain injury taught me more than it cost me. I'm grateful to still be me!
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Having to prove you have a genuine symptom to a medical person seems to be a common problem amongst us
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