Read below about trouble speaking, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your trouble speaking from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Trouble Speaking

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced trouble speaking. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  2. 2.Carotid Artery Dissection

    A carotid artery dissection is the tearing of the walls of the carotid arteries, which deliver blood to the brain from the aorta. This is a medical emergency.

    About 10% have recurrence

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, history of headaches, steady headache, neck pain on one side, headache near one temple
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Brain Tumor or Mass

    A brain lesion can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Nonetheless, they are a potentially serious issue and should be discussed with a physician.

    Uncertain. Prognosis is very dependent on what is found

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, irritability
    Symptoms that always occur with brain tumor or mass:
    focal neurological symptoms
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Trouble Speaking

  • Q.How would you describe your speech difficulty?
  • Q.Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Q.Have you noticed a change in your hearing?

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Trouble Speaking Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced trouble speaking have also experienced:

    • 5% Headache
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Dizziness
  • People who have experienced trouble speaking had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Day
    • 21% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced trouble speaking were most often matched with:

    • 36% Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)
    • 36% Carotid Artery Dissection
    • 26% Brain Tumor or Mass
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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