The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent. She was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome - a rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage, or underlying health issue. The extremely rare disorder typically occurs following strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage to the language center of the brain, causing patients to develop an accent that is different from the native language, without having acquired it in the perceived accent's place of origin. One Virginia woman, for instance, suffered a concussion when she fell rattling down the stairs, then awoke speaking in a Russian accent.
"They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", says Myers.
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". Each time, the accent lasted about a week.
Myers's situation is especially peculiar since her accent doesn't sound like a speech disruption-on the contrary, it comes across as quite refined.
But she's not insane and she's not faking it, according to her doctors. "I don't know", Myers tells KNXV. The British accent is the latest in her freakish string of voice changes after she fell asleep with a headache, and she's understandably frustrated.
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But two years ago she went down with a crippling headache and woke up with a Cockney accent she's had ever since.
She's loves spending time with her seven kids, listening to them sing and play instruments. "I feel like a different person".
This rare condition was first recorded by French neurologist Pierre Marie in 1907 after a man in Paris spoke a local German dialect after suffering a stroke. In 2016, Lisa Alamia from Texas found her accent has changed to British after waking up from a jaw surgery. "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person".
"I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people", she said.