If someone you know has recently started sending you bizarre or oddball texts, then this might be a sign they’ve recently suffered a stroke.
Doctors refer to this as “dystextia,” which tends to occur when the brain isn’t receiving the amount blood it requires to function properly. According to The Boston Globe, peculiar texts were recently used by doctors to diagnose a stroke in a pregnant woman.
Neurologist Dr. Joshua Klein explained:
“The word dystextia has been used before in the medical literature to describe someone having a migraine headache who is having trouble coordinating fingers to make appropriate texts. Since so much communication is shifting from verbal to electronic communication, I think it’s important to take note if a loved one starts sending text messages that don’t make sense. It could be a sign of a stroke or of other brain problem affecting language areas of the brain.”
According to the Daily Mail, a Boston man started taking note of the bizarre texts he began received from his pregnant wife. The problem became a bit more alarming when he realized the autocorrect feature had been disabled on her phone. All of the strange messages were coming directly from his spouse’s fingertips.
When he took his wife to the emergency room, doctors discovered the woman was suffering from severe disorientation. The mother-to-be was also having trouble speaking and moving her arms. All of these symptoms are considered to be signs of a stroke.
Three doctors from Boston’s Harvard Medical School published a recent article in the Archives of Neurology that described such behavior as “dystextia.”
“The growing digital record will likely become an increasingly important means of identifying neurologic disease, particularly in patient populations that rely more heavily on written rather than spoken communication,” the authors wrote.
So the next time someone sends you a series of bizarre text messages, don’t be so quick to have a laugh at their expense. After all, they might be suffering from “dystextia.”