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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Clumsiness (Definition)

When our movements are not well coordinated, we are clumsy. We may drop things, run into doors, or have trouble getting projects done that require coordination of our movements. Some people are just clumsier than others. However, if someone is not usually clumsy and now starts having trouble with hand movements, walking or other movements, a visit to the ...Read more


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How can balance problems in MS be treated?

How can balance problems in MS be treated?

Several ways: The imbalance or ataxia in ms is tough to manage, but the following may work: Buspirone occas. Works, physical therapy employing gait and coordination training is useful, wrist and ankle bracelet weights can stabilize. Fundamental is to fully control the ms as potently as possible. Consider one of the newer drugs, and take supplemental vitamin d-3. Canes and walkers may be useful.

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I have optic neuritis numbness, balance problems, memory loss and chronic pain do you think I have ms?

I have optic neuritis numbness, balance problems, memory loss and chronic pain do you think I have ms?

It is possible: Certainly, you have symptoms that sound very ms like. But, I cannot say for sure without more info, an exam and mris of your brain/neck.

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My grandfather is having chest pain problems swallowing and slurred speech what is going on with him?

My grandfather is having chest pain problems swallowing and slurred speech what is going on with him?

Get to a doctor now.: It could be a couple of things. Given the fact that he is 84, a stroke and/or heart attack are big on the list. Get to a doctor or hospital asap.

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Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS? Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS? Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Complex question: There are 3 types of MRI used to diagnose MS: T1-weighted, T-2 weighted, and FLAIR. No single test is used to diagnose MS, generally a combination of tests over time is needed to get a definitive diagnosis. You need to consult a neurologist experienced with MS and let him or her guide you. Do you have a family history of this disease? Although chronic, progression can be very slow. Good luck!

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I was having bowel problems. I almost pasted out. Hand stiffened & fingers. Came together & I cant move them. Feet do the same. Slurred speech & pain?

Neurology consult: Symptoms you describe, slurred speech and paralysis are often associated with "stroke" (termed CVA, or TIA if symptoms go away within 24hrs). Other causes such as certain types of migraines, or vascular spasms might also give similar symptoms. I would consult a Neurologist for an exam. It is very likely they will also order an MRI or CT imaging of the brain to aid in diagnosis.

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Can a Rathke's Cleft Cyst cause weight loss, speech & balance problems, pins & needles all over, general unwell? - High Prolactin, TSH, FSH & norm T4.

Can a Rathke's Cleft Cyst cause weight loss, speech & balance problems, pins & needles all over, general unwell? - High Prolactin, TSH, FSH & norm T4.

Pituitary Hormones: A Rathke Cleft Cyst typically occurs around the pituitary gland and can affect all the hormones the pituitary gland produces. These hormones include: Prolactin, TSH (thyroid), Growth Hormone, LH & FSH, ACTH (Cortisol) and ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone). Talk to your doctor about an abnormal cortisol level (adrenal insufficiency) or ADH (vasopressin) (diabetes insipidus) given your current symptoms.

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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP.

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Is slurred speech a sign of some disease?

Is slurred speech a sign of some disease?

Yes: Depending if acute, or long standing--could be stroke! but can be medication effect, after head trauma, tumor, etc---need urgent evaluation if acute.

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What would cause slurred speech after a person substains a concussion?

What would cause slurred speech after a person substains a concussion?

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).

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What would make some become lethargic, slurred speech, and sleepy?

What would make some become lethargic, slurred speech, and sleepy?

Overly sedated: This can result from medications that have sedative effect, alcohol or street drugs, or something metabolic such as low blood pressure or heart. Please consult your doctor for full assessment.

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What is the cause of feeling fatigued, tense, and having slurred speech?

One cause might: Be intense anxiety, but this is a guess because there are probably a hundred conditions that might cause your symptoms. The slurred speech is the symptom I'd most worry about, and for that, you should see your physician.

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Slurred speech, mix-up of words. Is that a possible concussion after effect?

Slurred speech, mix-up of words. Is that a possible concussion after effect?

Yes: Yes. These would represent rather severe symptoms of a concussion. A stroke or other brain conditions could cause these symptoms. Don't delay in seeking medical treatment for these symptoms. After a neurological exam, then a ct or MRI of the brain may be necessary.

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How slurred speech, right sided weakness and blurring of vision occur in stroke patient?

How slurred speech, right sided weakness and blurring of vision occur in stroke patient?

Lack of oxygen: In a stroke, brain areas that are essential to function such as language and movement are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. These areas stop functioning soon after blood flow stops. If flow is not restored promptly, these portions of the brain will be permanently damaged.

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I can feel chick walls swollen from inside but there is no pain, chin tingles, and sometimes I have slurred speech, not sure what is going?

I can feel chick walls swollen from inside but there is no pain, chin tingles, and sometimes I have slurred speech, not sure what is going?

Chin tingling slurri: Consider infection like strep, retropharngeal abscess, allergic reaction, lyme, subclinical herpes, rarely CVA or MS would take 25 mg benedryl 2-3 x a day (no driving) and f/u with doctor/urgent care in 24 hours

Dr. Rabindra Kitchener
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Poor Balance (Definition)

Poor balance can occur with a number of conditions that cause a sense of dizziness/ movement/ spinning or lack of feeling steady even when is not in ...Read more


Dr. Jed Kwartler
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Balance Problems (Definition)

Balance problems is a symptom in which a person has trouble staying in a steady position when sitting, ...Read more