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Occasional Slurred Speech
Check bloodwork: Anemia, high or low blood glucose, low sodium, low calcium, low magnesium, liver problems (with elevated transaminases)--all these are possible causes of your symptoms that could be checked with simple, routine blood tests. There are many other causes of tremor, weakness and slurred speech, so check with your neurologist after this bloodwork. ...Read more
Numbness, pins/needles, muscle pain/cramps, vertigo, occasional slurred speech, fatigue, brain lesion. MS? If possible, what tests to ask for?
I have been on 60 mg cymbalta (duloxetine) for ten years and have slurred speech occasionally first thing in the morning and then it clears up. Is it Normal?
Speech difficulties: Acquired speech difficulties, such as slurring, are often associated with an underlying neurological or metabolic problem. A sudden onset of slurring ought to be investigated immediately, since it may be a problem that is reversible. Most commonly, slurring is associated with hypoglycemia and altered states of consciousness or a stroke (or mini-stroke)_. ...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
I'm 21. I have been noticing slurred speech, mixing up of words and my writing is incorrect. Today has been pretty bad. What could it be?
Unlikely: If it is not a repetitive problem, it is unlikely to be related to lupus. ...Read more
Absolutely: And that is a big concern. A stroke could cause that as could a TIA (transient ischemic attack) r a basilar migraine. A headache with associated slurred speech is a red flag and it is best you be seen as soon as possible. The most benign possibility is a hangover, and even then I would suggest an evaluation. ...Read more
Common symptom: Slurred speech is a common symptom after sustaining a concussion, along with headaches, confusion, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc. I do hope you have been seen for this condition to make sure everything seems to be getting better. Rest is very important, both physically and intellectually (meaning not returning to school or work for several days in most cases). ...Read more
Universal suspect: Anxiety is a prime suspect for almost all symptoms - especially the "soft" ones w/out known lab tests or imaging. And, certainly - thinking about it makes it worse. In fact, you have a great Dx Tool here! If the symptom can change based on distraction or focus - it's probably anxiety. Fractures, tumors, poisons, viruses, etc. Do not come or go in response to a phone call, great song, annoying chat ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers