• Anything I can do about when speaking not to slur?

    Asked by BuffalloFan on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Anything I can do about when speaking not to slur?

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    • kulaken's Avatar

      Good morning Buffallo:
      I also have had slured speach after full brain rads , as well as a procedure called gamaknife , for my brain tumor ,, i found nuthing i could do to curb the speach impediment except go back on to dexamethasone to help with the swelling of the edema ,,as awful as this drug is ,, it is all that seemed to help ,. Good luck


      almost 9 years ago
    • shauna0915's Avatar

      Hi BF. I would suggest 2 things. First, talk to your oncologist or PCP about the location of your tumor(s) to see if that is causing the issue with your speech and that it isn't just a side effect of the radiation. Second, ask if they can schedule you with a speech therapist...or if that would even help. The slur very well could be a temporary side effect, but it could also be due to the location of your tumor(s) and the amount of swelling still present. My dad often sounded like he was drunk as a result of the number, size and location of his brain tumors...it wasn't because of the radiation. I worked with him a bit, basically to slow his thought process down so his mouth could keep up with his brain. If the slurring was bad, I would ask him to stop, take a deep breath and slowly try to repeat what he said. Most of the time it did help, but frustration would sometimes play a part, as well. Take your time when talking and see if it helps, but definitely talk to your doctors...AND make sure they hear you and don't just run out the door dismissing you. I don't care if you have to stand in front of the door and not let them out of the room...make sure they completely answer your question and offer a solution. There may be no solution, and you have to be prepared for that. Just make sure they don't just blow you off. I wish you the best!

      almost 9 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      I had slurred speech and couldn't find the right word or would use the wrong word constantly after chemo for months. Slowly my speech improved . Try not to get frustrated. I tried doing some word puzzles. Word searches and crosswords and that seemed to help and also pass the time to let my brain catch up with me. This to shall pass. Keep the faith.

      almost 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I agree with Mark, it will most likely get better with time. I have extremely dry mouth, and trouble swallowing, and my voice gets very hoarse and sometimes nothing comes out when I try to speak. Very frustrating, for me, I slow down my speed of speach, and try not to talk so loud, and I actually talk louder. My problem may not be the same as yours, but just know, there are others out here with the same problem. Best of luck to you, I hope your singing like a bird before long!!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Ricksgirl's Avatar

      The most important thing is to be patient with yourself. You may sound worse in your own head than you do to everybody else :). I had surgery 10 months ago and had 30% of my tongue removed. I am just now starting to sound normal to myself. I have trouble with dry mouth and find this makes my speech more difficult. Biotene makes a dry mouth spray that really helps me. Give it a try. I wish you the best and know you will see improvement soon! God bless.

      about 8 years ago

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