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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Slurred Speech (Overview)

Slurred speech is a sign of cognitive impairment, such as due to brain injury, or to alcohol or drug use.


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Can just thinking about slurred speech cause slurred speech?

Can just thinking about slurred speech cause slurred speech?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
73 doctors shared insights

Slurred Speech (Overview)

Slurred speech is a sign of cognitive impairment, such as due to brain injury, or to alcohol or drug use.


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Im 17 and i feel I have slurred speech and it happens once awhile throughout the day? Does that mean I have adhd? I am clean, i don't drink nor smoke.

Im 17 and i feel I have slurred speech and it happens once awhile throughout the day? Does that mean I have adhd? I am clean, i don't drink nor smoke.

It is good : That you are not worried about this being a result of poor choices or decisions. I also think that it does not in any way mean that you have adhd. But it might be a neurological issue that does merit attention - so do ask your doctor and perhaps seek a neurological or speech evaluation. That it is intermittent may mean you've caught it early and can get a resolution more easily. Best! ...Read more

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Do lots of people get slurred speech, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get slurred speech, or is it unusual?

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

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Treatment for slurred speech my sister forget her medicine for 2ds pressure went so high cause a slurred speech she is on medication but will go away?

Treatment for slurred speech my sister forget her medicine for 2ds pressure went so high cause a slurred speech she is on medication but will go away?

May be a stroke: The "so high" blood pressure may have caused a stroke involving one of the speech centers in the brain. If this is new, recommend going to the hospital right away. If it happened a while ago, it may go away, especially with speech and rehabilitative therapy. ...Read more

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What treatments are used for severe cases of auto immune disease? My mom can't walk, has slurred speech, neck pain, etc. Help!

What treatments are used for severe cases of auto immune disease? My mom can't walk, has slurred speech, neck pain, etc. Help!

New symptoms??: A person who walked and talked yesterday, and awakens today with slurred speech and the inability to walk, is having a brain problem such as a stroke. The person should ride the ambulance to the emergency room for treatment. She can bring all her medications, and her regular doctor(s) can be notified, after 911 is called. Don't worry if it turns out not to be a stroke; it's best to be safe. ...Read more

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Can slurred speech from ischemia be cured with medicine/exercise?

Can slurred  speech from ischemia be cured with medicine/exercise?

Possibly: With speech therapy the brain re-wires around the damaged area.There may be residual but usually some recovery with meds and therapy. ...Read more

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What could be the cause or causes of extreme fatigue, drowsiness, slurred speech and memory loss without alcohol or drug use? A few weeks ago i simply could not stay awake no matter how hard i tried. It happened again last night but was accompanied by sl

What could be the cause or causes of extreme fatigue, drowsiness, slurred speech and  memory loss without alcohol or drug use? A few weeks ago i simply could not stay awake no matter how hard i tried. It happened again last night but was accompanied by sl

Hello. : Hello. I don't know if you are an older person or if you have any significant healthy problems. I would see a neurologist soon to ensure that you are not having transient ischemic attacks or some other neurologic insult to the brain. Take care. ...Read more

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Can somebody experience slurred speech due to chemotherapy?

Can somebody experience slurred speech due to chemotherapy?

Maybe: Slurred speech during chemotherapy is more likely due to medications used to prevent side-effects of chemotherapy rather than chemotherapy itself. ...Read more

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Recently I am having sudden slurred speech and feeling of lightheadedness usually on left side of my head and gets confused that i can't focus anymore?

See your doctor: What is your question? These symptoms are concerning and can have several possible etiologies. Need to be evaluated by your family physician immediately who will likely refer you to neurology. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dysarthria (Definition)

Dysarthria is a clinical finding in which a person has trouble talking because of a problem with the muscles or nerves ...Read more