I am now less than 2 weeks away from seeing the Neurologist at Johns Hopkins.
My swallowing issues are getting more frequent, so my GP sent me to a gastro doc, I will be having an esophageal motility study tomorrow and a scope Sept 1.
The last month has been a living nightmare, (adult children and grandbaby issues, God gave me a lesson that there are some things even bigger and more painful than being physically "not right") and as a result I am now taking Xanax during the day and Ambien at night as needed.
I have 2 questions about recent symptoms.
1.) After about 3 days of very little sleep and *extremely* high stress I found myself unable to get words out. My brain knew what I wanted to say, but for about 8 hours I stammered and stuttered worse than Mel Tillis and Porky Pig combined. Once I had a good night sleep I woke up "almost" normal, but still have "episodes" of not being able to articulate what I am thinking. It seems like it takes me a lot longer to get my mouth in motion once my brain is in gear. Could this be the start of "speech issues"? I know slurring is common, but has anyone experienced speech onset like this?
2.) I know this will be figured out in a few days, but I honestly can NOT swallow liquids down the right side of my mouth, if I accidentally do, I either dribble down my chin or accidentally breathe in and choke. I am hopeful that since the tongue twitching and swallowing issues seem to be restricted to one side, that this is not ALS, as my GP has suspected.
Thanks in advance for your insight :0)