can a cervical herniated disc in the neck cause slurred speech, difficulty talking, and swallowing? sometimes choking on thin liquids?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No: Cervical discs classically cause radiation to the upper extremities.
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
No: Those functions (swallowing, talking, etc) are all mediated from above the c-spine. Those symptoms are worrisome for stroke and evaluation should be sought on an emergent basis.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Evaluation needed: Swallowing problems are most commonly related to neurological disease. The most common reason for these symptoms would be a stroke in the brain stem but other reasons need to be investigated for an appropriate treatment plan to be set.
Last updated Sep 17, 2020
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