Dysarthria requires prompt medical attention. See a doctor right away if you have sudden or unexplained changes in your ability to speak.
You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. If your doctor suspects a medical condition is causing your symptoms, he or she will likely refer you to a nervous system specialist (neurologist) for further evaluation.
Here's what you can do to get ready for your appointment.
- Be aware of pre-appointment restrictions. Ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet.
- Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
- List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take.
- Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Someone who accompanies you can help you remember information.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
For dysarthria, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- Is dysarthria the likely explanation for my symptoms?
- What are other possible explanations?
- What tests do I need?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions, as well.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
- Dysarthria. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria/. Accessed Feb. 18, 2015.
- Maitin IB, et al. eds. Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2014. http://accessmedicine..com. Accessed Feb. 18, 2015.
- Neurological diagnostic tests and procedures. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/misc/diagnostic_tests.htm. Accessed Feb. 18, 2015.
- Drugs that cause dysarthria. Micromedex 2.0 Healthcare Series. http://www.micromedexsolutions.com. Accessed Feb. 18, 2015.
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