Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  • 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?
April 24, 2015

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