Hello all - I’m new here and am looking for some information. I have been married to my lovely wife for 30 years - unfortunately she has spent the last 14 years or so suffering from severe chronic migraine. That is a whole story in and of itself and is not the reason I’m here but feel I need to preface this with that information.
In the past seven years or so she will on an average of 3 to 4 times a year get disordered speech which until recently I thought was a symptom of part of a severe migraine attack. In looking this up in the past and knowing nothing about this I would always run the search as “garbled speech” and would get generalized info on stroke or hemipelagic migraine. Recently she has had two episodes of this in the past two weeks which prompted me to look this up again but this time I described what I was seeing in the search and came up with disordered speech. I was able to watch YouTube videos of patients doing this and it is exactly what she does. I.E. changing subject mid sentence going from one topic to another which are totally unrelated.
My concern is that this symptom only seems to be associated with schizophrenia and nothing else. At least in my web research. I did just finish reading a book on schizophrenia and in learning about it I can say that she has no other of the symptoms like seeing things, hallucinations, talking to entities, etc. She just does the disordered speech.
I will say that when she does do it - it is quite disturbing to watch or try to talk to her. It usually lasts for one to two hours - she falls asleep and whenever she wakes up is back to normal.
I guess what I want to know is if this could be something else other than schizophrenia? Has anyone here had a loved one diagnosed with schizophrenia and this is the only symptom? I have brought this symptom up to her PCM (describing what she does)and it was quickly brushed aside as nothing to worry about. Well I’m worried and the first of our three kids is getting married next January and I’m wondering if the stress of that might be why this is starting back up - it’s been well over 9 months since the last time she did this.
What do you all think? How can I even bring this up to her in the context of schizophrenia?
Thanks for listening…