I’ve been slurring my speech and/or talking slowly with increasing frequency lately. It’s pretty embarrassing and is really bothering me. I’ve always stuttered a bit in my speech due to anxiety issues, but slurred speech has never been a problem until this nightmare flare started in July. It’s been getting worse, and I’m so frustrated that I can’t articulate myself well around others. It makes me want to go hide under a rock. Does anyone else deal with slurred and slowed speech? Is there anything you can do to combat it?
What exactly is the root cause? I’ve read that it can be caused by inflammation in the cervical spine, but I don’t feel any pain in my neck or suspect inflammation there. I do, however, have a fair amount of pain in my jaw. I’ve been dealing with TMJD for about 8 years (finally connecting the dots and thinking it’s PsA related and might actually be my first joint affected by PsA) and my jaw is becoming increasingly painful to move. I now have pain every time I chew food or yawn; it’s not unbearable pain but it’s noticeable and sometimes my jaw locks up completely. I’m wondering if inflammation in my jaw could be contributing to slurred and slow speech. I don’t usually have jaw pain when talking though, and it feels like the root cause is more neurological than mechanical if that makes sense.