Tuesday, December 07, 2010 Jane2, Community Member, asks

Q: Is Slurred Speech A Symptom Of Fibromyalgia?

I have had Fibromyalgia for close to 20 yrs now. It is getting worse. I also now have IC and have learned both kind of go hand in hand. Last week I had a really painful day, I was getting pain from both FM and IC. I don't know if it was the pain that slurred my speach, or if it was Fibro. the question is would fibro flare cause the slurred speach, or would the Pain. No drugs were involved. I was so toasted already, I didn't use anything.

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
12/ 9/10 7:46am

Yes, slurred speech can be a fibromyalgia symptom.  FM patients often report a number of cognitive functioning problems including memory loss, difficulty concentrating, slurred speech, transposing letters and numbers, inability to think of the word you're looking for, thinking one thing but saying or writing something different, etc. 

 

I can't say for sure, but I suspect that when we're stressed – like on a particularly painful day – our cognitive functioning abilities are probably affected more than usual.  Of course, if the slurred speech gets worse or you have other new symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away to make sure it's just the FM.

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By Jane2, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/22/13, First Published: 12/07/10