Lesions caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) can occur throughout the brain. Speech disorders, including slurring and abnormal rhythm, are a common result.
Occasional speech problems are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, many people may not even realize that their speech is affected.
Mild speech disorders may be attributed to other signs, including being tired or fatigued. This is particularly true because mild symptoms may not be present all the time. Common signs of mild speech problems can include:
- speaking in a quiet voice or being often asked to repeat yourself
- speaking slowly
- slurring speech
Beyond these mild speech problems, there are also more severe speech disorders. Dysarthria and dysphonia are two common speech disorders experienced by people with MS. Dysarthria causes difficulty with articulation, and the natural flow of conversation; dysphonia is a voice disorder, resulting in changes to the vocal quality and difficulty in controlling the pitch and volume of the voice.