US Woman With Terrible Headaches Wakes Up With British Accent

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Woman has British accent after medical procedure

A 45-year-old woman in Arizona, United States, goes to sleep with extreme headaches only to wake up with a foreign accent, the Washington Post reported.

Doctors determined that the mom of seven has a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome, according to news station KNXV.

The rare condition usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage, or underlying health issue. 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.

It turns out Meyers suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a disease that Ehlers-Danlos Support UK defines as "a group of thirteen individual genetic conditions, all of which affect the body's connective tissue". "But doctors aren't sure how exactly the migraines relate to foreign accent syndrome". She now wonders whether her voice will ever change again.

And this isn't the first time Myers has picked up a new accent. In this instance, Time says, the British accent stuck.

She told ABC 15 she's gone to sleep three times with throbbing headaches only to wake up with a different accent.

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says. While it may seem like some kind of joke or invention for publicity, Myers swears that the condition she suffers from is very serious.

With such a rare condition, many people are quick to judge and label her as "crazy" or "faking" the fact that her speaking mannerisms changed so drastically after she fell asleep with a headache.

Unusual as it may be, Myers said she has come to terms with her speaking voice.

The British accent is not the only cadence Myers has experienced, she said. I feel like myself, it's just it comes out differently. "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers was quoted as saying in the report. "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained. "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me".

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