Woman Wakes Up Suddenly Speaking In A British Accent

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Myers, a former Texas beauty queen, has never left the United States, making these accent changes after she fell asleep with a headache especially perplexing. They all started with an extreme headache and ended in a freakish change in speech - first Irish, then Australian and now British, the station reports. But she's had the British accent the past two years. She says that often people don't believe she isn't British nor do they realize there isn't actually that much amusing about the situation, at least not for Myers, who says she wants her condition to be taken very seriously.

Myers told Fox News that doctors said her affliction was likely a side effect of a hemiplegic migraine, which produces symptoms that are similar to a stroke.

Dr. Toby Yaltho, a neurologist with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, says, "Foreign Accent Syndrome".

"When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt", said Myers. The condition makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation, leading to the rupture of blood vessels, which is why Myers constantly has bruises on her legs. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain - to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The first time it was Irish.

And one particular person seems to come to mind when she speaks. "I don't know. I just feel that people don't really understand how it feels to have your voice changed", Myers said in an interview.

She's not insane, she just suffers from a rare condition.

With such a rare disease, there aren't many resources dedicated to research. While accent changes may not be as severe as the underlying damage from other illness or medical emergencies, they do have a noted effect on Myers' sense of self.

Looking back at how she used to be is hard, Myers says. "I try to tell people, I'm still me".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she said. Meyers said, adding that more people should take the condition seriously.

Curiously, the woman, identified as Astrid L.in the journal, was able to hum well-known sounds in cadence, but it was her speech that showed discordant rhythm.