The Way You Speak

What Causes Slow/Rapid/Incoherent Speech?

Slow/rapid/incoherent speech can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose slow/rapid/incoherent speech, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "slow/rapid/incoherent speech" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Stroke Risk
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Epstein-Barr Virus

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
highly elevated basophil count
severe emotional instability
African ethnicity
regular postprandial somnolence
sugar/sweet craving
having low-normal TT4 level
probable miscarriage
inability to tell hot from cold
high sensitivity to bright light
much reduced sense of smell
recent onset nausea
hypothyroidism in family members
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of slow/rapid/incoherent speech:
Cause Probability Status
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 92% Confirm
Epstein-Barr Virus 67% Possible
Hypoglycemia 17% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 1% Ruled out
Stroke Risk 1% Ruled out
Multiple Sclerosis 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about the way you speak:
Speech. Which word / phrase best describes the way you speak?
Possible responses:
→ Slowly
→ Incoherently - people often don't understand me
→ Averagely - accurately / don't know
→ Rapidly
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slow speech, incoherent speech, normal speech or rapid speech, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

A lack of physical or speech coordination is said to be a symptom.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Speech may be unintelligible, because the various muscles required to form speech are weakened.

Hypothyroidism

Slurred speech is a possible sign of hypothyroidism.

Stroke

Common signs that a stroke has occurred are difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or garbled speech.

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