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Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:08:07 PM »
So, Iīve been having just about every anxiety symptom known to man during the last couple of years. Everything but speech impairment, upuntil now that is.

It started with my twitching tongue and rapidly escalated to trouble formin words, trouble with fast transitions between words in a sentence and now a lispy/slurring of words. It feels as if I canīt articulate my words at all, I constantly go over words in my head and freak out because I canīt even articulate them in my head. And the more I think about it the less flutently I speak. On top of all I have to catch my breath mid-sentence most of the time (if Iīm even able to finish a sentence that is).

This is slowly but effectively taking away my last will do fight, and I now find myself in a situation where my speech is all but gone. I was recently hospitalized due to a mental-breakdown, and diagnosed with clinical/major depression. Iīve been checked by several psychiatric specialists, and undergone neuro exams, and they all concluded that Iīm "fine" (as in hasnīt got ALS or something along those lines). They were talking about something called psychomotor retardation, which was quite common for severe depressions. But that is supposed to cause of slowing of speech, not a total impairment were I canīt get my mouth to form words properly.

Iīm so scared that this is indeed bulbar ALS, and the more I read the worse my symptoms get=/

On top of the escalating speech problems I have this heavy feeling in arms (almost aching), and that further strengthens my belief that I have ALS.

Please help me with this. Could anxiety/depression really affect my speech to the point of impairment? Why do my cheek muscles hurt like crazy, and my mouth (lips, tongue) feel like it is sluggish?
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 10:02:36 PM »
Yes, it most certainly can be anxiety.  You just described my last 2 days.  First, I don't believe you have true fasiculations of the tongue.  That's likely in your head because you don't know what to look for...everyone's tongue is "twitchy".  Second, when you are hyperaware and anxious wow is it tough to talk.  I must say my anxiety was significant today, and my speech was awful.  I just shut down and wouldn't really talk to anyone for fear of sounding ignorant.  Is this something more?  I certainly hope not but you know what, if it is...I have no control over that.  I just have to hand that kind of thing over to God, and I need to take care of the business in front of me.  I'm just praying I go to sleep tonight and it's better in the morning.
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 02:58:54 PM »
Rasal, I should have told you this last night but my head wasn't clear from my own anxiety.  The next time you are really having an issue with anxiety and slurred speech try something for me...slow down your breathing.  8 seconds in...8 seconds out.  Do this for a few minutes and then try to speak again.

When we hyperventilate we cause all sorts of issues...look up chronic hyperventilation syndrome sometime when you get a chance.  I bet you recognize many of the symptoms.  It can also cause slurred speech.
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 08:23:15 PM »
Thank ou so much for the reply, it realy gave me something to think about. Iīve been thinking in the lines of cronic hyperventilation earlier, my latest neuro talked about it but I just shrugged it off since I KNOW that I have ALS. Itīs insane realy, the more I focus on my speech the more it goes away. Today has been the worst day, I couldnīt articulate word longer than four letters. I slurred and my voice sounds hoarse, and on top of it all my tongue feels heavy. I hate this. I even have cramping in my left hand (that Iīm convinced I have ALS-atrophy in). Iīm realy freaking out. God knows how many Lyrica and Xanax Iīve taken today, I even thought about taking just one or two more than I can handle. This is driving me to the point of not being able to take it anymore=(

The thing is, when I think I have an disease then I develop all cardinal signs in the matter of days. Today I realized that my speech problems could be due to my tensions in the jaw (the whole face tbh), but thenI shrug it of decide that an disease that almost never affect people under 45 must be the most reasonable answer to it all. It drives me insane

Iīm gonna try your method Shawn, I think it could help alot. My depression seems to slow everything down so I think my thoughts and my mouth is a little out of sync, and I HAVE to stop thinking about my speech all the time. Iīve noticed that the more I focus on it, the more locked I get. Itīs almost like hyperawareness in OCD (Which I have, pure O I think itīs called).

Sorry for rambling on about nonsense realy. How are you Shawn, is your anxiety under control? I feel so incredibly selfish for going on about my problems without even acknowledge the fact that everybody has their own problems. Anyway, hope you are ok today (tonight here in Sweden) =)
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014, 12:51:53 AM »
Try reading aloud. Like, keep trying even if you can't at first. I bet you anything your speech improves. Doesn't matter how long it takes, just keep reading. Force yourself to.
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014, 03:08:03 AM »
Shoot, your answer is in your last post.  Xanax and Lyrica and wonder why you slur?  That's certainly not helping the situation.
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Re: Loosing my ability to speak (rapidly)
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014, 10:05:29 AM »
Anxiety most  certainly be causing your issues. The fear of ALS is really hard to shake. I dealt with it for close to 9 months. The meds and therapy help, but it also just took time. Anxiety causes your muscles to stay in a constant state of being tense. That along can cause the pain and fatigue. Your body also is staying at a constant state of alertness and you actually metabolize vitamins and energy at much greater rate than normal which can also lead to cramping, pain and fatigue.

I originally thought that the disease was starting in my left hand because that is where I first noticed the twitching. I've played the guitar for almost 20 years now and told myself if I can still play the guitar then it was a good sign. Of course I was so nervous and hyper focused that I had trouble playing. It's the games your mind and body will play.

Bulbar ALS is the rarest form of a rare disease. It accounts for less than 25% of a disease that affects less than 1% of the population. I know stats never helped me as I thought I was that one outlier but my point in mentioning them is that it has very distinct symptoms. Most people who have don't have trouble forming words in their opinion but people say they sound drunk. They almost always have swallowing issues as well. Typically have trouble with thin liquids initially and choking.

I got caught in the cycle of waiting for ALS to fully set in. I had doctors tell me I was fine and would feel ok for a few hours and then think it must be too early to tell or something. My best advise is to stop waiting for ALS and start addressing the anxiety.
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