Woman Fell Asleep With A Headache And Woke Up With British Accent

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The next morning, she woke up speaking with a British accent-and it hasn't gone away since.

Michelle Myers, a former Texas beauty queen who now lives in Arizona, US, has Foreign Accent Syndrome.

"It's such a rare condition that neurologists don't believe that this is a real condition", Toby Yaltho, a neurologist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates, told ABC in 2016 after treating another case of FAS.

Myers, who said she also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation, is now seeking treatment for her rare condition, with the hope of being cured.

Myers also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition marked by elastic skin, extreme flexibility in the joints and possible rupturing of blood vessels. "When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt", she said. The first occurrence left her sounding Irish, and the second time gave Myers an Australian accent. The speech rhythms and pronunciations sound like other accents.

Doctors told Myers FAS was most likely a side effect caused by a hemiplegic migraine, a serious type of migraine headache with symptoms that are similar to a stroke.

Because this is such a rare condition, treatments are also lacking.

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Making all these changes consistently - every time they utter a certain vowel, letter, or consonant - is what distinguishes people with the syndrome from someone attempting an accent. "Rare diseases are very emotional".

While having an accent change may not seem like a big deal, Myers is saddened by the way her condition has affected her life. In 2010, a woman in Virginia reportedly spoke with a Russian accent after she fell down the stairs and hit her head, says The Washington Post. "I'm certainly not the first person with [FAS]".

She said it's hard to watch old videos of herself speaking normally. "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person".

And above all, she wants people to take her seriously.

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers said of FAS. "And if I say odd things like 'I'm just going to the loo, ' it's really weird, as I sound just like a Brit". "No one could understand me".

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