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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. Ed Friedlander
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Slurred Speech (Definition)

Slurred speech is difficulty with articulation and usually ...Read more


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What causes slurred speach?

What causes slurred speach?

Several things can..: Problems in the ability of the brain to tell the speaking-muscles (in tongue, throat, voicebox, etc...) what to do; problems in the tongue, throat, or voicebox themselves; problems in the level of consciousness (such as if sedated); and local anesthesia (such as dental anesthesia) are some of the causes of slurred speech. A new case of slurred speech for no reason may be a stroke (can go to E.R.). ...Read more

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Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Uncover cause: Likely best to see a neurologist. There are multiple problems which can cause this, and treatment follows diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is a speech language pathologist?

What is a speech language pathologist?

The American Speech-: Language-Hearing Association defines the scope of practice for Speech/Language Therapists at http://www.asha.org/policy/SP2007-00283/#sec1.5: They address deficits in Speech,the motor aspect of language;Resonance, pitch & vocal quality; Feeding & swallowing issues; Receptive &/or Expressive Language Delays; Deafness; Social Communication, etc. caused by a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders. ...Read more

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38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

Timeline?: Your description does not state if all of these changes represent a change from the baseline, are new or chronic. If they are new then i would recommend going to your closest emergency room right away, if they are chronic and old then i would discuss this with your doctor as they could be consistent with traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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What does this mean please ?child 6 has language difficulty grammar immaturities , comprehension of spoken language retain of vocab and expressive

What does this mean please ?child 6 has language difficulty grammar immaturities , comprehension of spoken language retain of vocab and expressive

Many possibilities: There are a number of different conditions that might cause these symptoms. If your child's school has an assessment team ask them to help. If not contact a psychologist. ...Read more

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Slurred speech, studdering and slow movement. What is wribg?

Slurred speech, studdering and slow movement. What is wribg?

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. ...Read more

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

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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. ...Read more

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What is pedantic speech?

What is pedantic speech?

Not a medical term: Pedantic speech is speech intended to impress people with how smart the speaker is. An example might be using the term cephalgia when the more common word headache would do just as well. The term is also applied when a speaker is overly concerned with exactness. The term is frequently used as a criticism to imply that a speaker has trouble relating to the listeners. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What's the difference between pressured speech, rapid speech and hyperverbal?

What's the difference between pressured speech, rapid speech and hyperverbal?

Not very much. : Pressured speech and rapid speech are describing the same thing which is someone talking fast. Hyperverbal speech is when someone talks excessively. They all refer to some of the symptoms observed in a person experiencing a manic or hypomanic state. Usually, the affected person also shows elevated mood, lots of energy, decreased need for sleep and racing thoughts. ...Read more

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I feel very slurred, slurred words, thoughts, imaginations and even dreams seem slurred. Could hypnotherapy or isochronic tones be the cause?

I feel very slurred, slurred words, thoughts, imaginations and even dreams seem slurred.  Could hypnotherapy or isochronic tones be the cause?

Slurred?: It sounds like you feel very slowed down, but "slurred" words and thoughts can also come from using alcohol or various other drugs. Please talk with the doctor prescribing your citalopram about this. Stop using the isochronic tones. If done by a licensed and well-trained professional, hypnotherapy is not likely to have effects like these. If not working with a psychiatrist, please do so. ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Could be serious: These are serious symptoms. If one has sudden onset of speech and gait problems one should call 911 and get immediate medical attention. Causes could be stroke, a medication effect and other conditions - but these are signs that something is effecting the nervous system. ...Read more

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Daughter age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Daughter  age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Hard to say: This is a complex issue that cannot be addressed without a complete evaluation of the child.Physical exam, testing and the input of speech and language pathologists are needed.Even then, the problem may be defined but the origin may remain elusive.Some kids have this as part of another set of developmental problems while others are otherwise normal.Look for answers with a developmental specialist. ...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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Is absence seizures near speech area?

Is absence seizures near speech area?

Absence : Is a type of generalized seizure involving the entire cortex. Typical absences may cause 1-3 seconds of speech arrest with lack of awareness of the ictus. Focal seizures restricted to language areas of the brain are called partial seizures. These typically last longer ( up to 6 minutes) and may have a post ictal state lasting minutes to hours. ...Read more

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Does basal ganglia stroke ever affect speech? Is speech therapy warranted?

Does basal ganglia stroke ever affect speech? Is speech therapy warranted?

Sure: The basal ganglia control gross movements talking is a motor function. If it is affected speech therapy can help. ...Read more

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I'm having sudden problems with memory, word recall, reading words. What is happening?

I'm having sudden problems with memory, word recall, reading words. What is happening?

Get evaluated: Since the onset of your symptoms is sudden and these symptoms can mean many things, address them with your primary care doctor to have a full work up and rule out anything physical going on. Based on the results, the optimal course of action will be decided .Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Dysarthria (Definition)

difficult or unclear articulation of speech that ...Read more