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Causes Of Speech Impediments
Help! need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?
More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. ...Read more
Several: A stroke that affects broca's area in the dominant hemisphere will affect expressive speech and possibly comprehension. This can be due to ischemic stroke eg a plaque rupture and/or blood clot, hemorrhagic (bleeding) or embolic (drifting blood clot) types of stroke. A stroke of other (posterior) areas may garble the speech but not affect language otherwise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Here are some ...: Talking a long time leads the dryness of oral mucosa, in turn, leading to water drinking to moist the mouth but would not enough to cause systemic dehydration. Hard to speak may reflect the tiredness of mental status, which may result from drug use or some inherent disorders of CNS. So, seek professional evaluation and counseling timely so to define its cause for timely care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If new, get seen!: I agree with Dr. Allen. Also, illegal drugs, injuries to the head, some prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements, & alcohol can all affect speech and coherency, If this is a new problem, it is important to get seen very soon, and even consider ER evaluation if sudden onset (and not due to alcohol). It may turn out to be minor and temporary later, but take no chances now! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's been a year and some months now, but out of no where my balance is thrown off and my speech is slurred. What could be the cause of this?
See a neurologist!: Hi. Holy cow! That's not normal! We can't diagnose a thing out here without data. PLEASE go see a neurologist for a thorough evaluation and diagnostic tests. Good luck! ...Read more
Episodic migraine: A migraine is not just simply a headache. Rather, it should be viewed as an attack that is accompanied by various neurological and non-neurological features as well as headache. Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. And jumbled speech is very common rec. See a primary care physician for further investigation and management. ...Read more
Not usually: Many things can cause slurred speech. With certain neurological conditions that cause slurred speech focusing on the problem can make it worse. (We also see this with stammering and stuttering ). The list of conditions that cause the various types of slurred speech is lengthy. (From degenerative conditions to complicated migraine, stroke, focal seizure, poisonings and intoxication. ...Read more
ThisLittlePiggy,etc: If you tickle your little one's feet and he starts laughing, that's good and just do it sparingly or as a short game but not to the point of annoyance. If he draws away, irritated, then don't do it. Other than that, there is nothing I could find to support the idea that tickling feet will "cause" or predispose to any kind of speech problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraines/stroke/TIA: Migraines are generally considered due to blood vessel constriction in the brain followed by blood vessel dilation.There is also an electrochemical component in the brain.As a result, some migraines can-with or without pain-cause temporary loss of higher brain functions such as speech.Tia's are similar, causing temporary loss, but strokes can cause permanent loss - all with or w/out headaches. ...Read more
Dont Worry: Our brains can't multitask very well so if we are trying to formulate a sentence and express information but we are also extremely nervous and anxious our brain tends to jump around between being self-conscious and finding the right words. That can lead to incorrect responses sometimes. Take a deep breath and don't worry. ...Read more
Can stroke influence speech patterns? What are the symptoms of stroke and does it cause stuttering?
Yes to speech: A stroke can cause changes in speech if it affects speech centers in the brain. This includes sudden onset of stuttering. Stroke can present with myriad of symptoms ranging from death to the inability to move parts of the body to changes in behavior. The hallmark is the symptoms usually occur suddenly at the time of the stroke. ...Read more
If not a stroke as MRI states, what cd be the cause of sudden immobility of left arm and leg and speech impediment ,left side of face is droopy. Tnks?
Possible TIA?: Sudden weakness/paralysis of one side of the body along with speech difficulty would usually indicate a stroke if the symptoms persisted for many hours or a day. In this case the MRI should indicate brain damage(infarction). If the neurological symptoms resolved within a day or so, and a MRI was done afterward and was normal, it would indicate a Transient Ischemic Attack. SEE www.bit.ly/1qu6w2M ...Read more
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