Woman suffering from rare disease wakes with British accent

A woman in Buckeye woke up one morning with a British accent and has had it ever since due to a rare medical condition

Former beauty queen Michelle Myers, 45, from Arizona has never left the country.

Myers said the accent lasted about a week, but about three years later the same thing happened again and she woke with an Australian accent, which also lasted about a week. 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.

According to experts, she's not insane and not faking it. She was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome - a rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage, or underlying health issue.

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she told the United Kingdom outlet.

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She has also been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which causes bruising and painful joints, and, for the time being, it's also turned her British.

That's disturbing enough on its own, but this isn't even the first time Myers has experienced a headache-prompted voice change. 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.

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.

Foreign Accent Syndrome was first documented in 1907 by Pierre Marie, a French neurologist. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

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In Myers' case, she woke up sounding like she spoke British English, as opposed to the American English she has spoken all her life.

She said it's hard to watch old videos of herself speaking normally. While it may seem like some kind of joke or invention for publicity, Myers swears that the condition she suffers from is very serious.

As for Myers, she thinks that her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome diagnosis triggered this unusual condition.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers was quoted as saying in the report. She said she stays positive, but she wants people to take her seriously. "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained.

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