Language Disorder

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  • Unable to speak, although I understand what people are saying

  • Lost the ability to read properly

  • Unable to speak or using incorrect words

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Difficulty communicating, such as stuttering or putting words together into sentences. Language impairment is associated with brain disorders, but can occur with problems of the vocal cords.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Unable to speak or using incorrect words

Possible causes

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain shrinks affecting memory and behavior. Symptoms worsen over time, and can interfere with daily life. Increasing age increases the risk for Alzheimer dementia.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy
  • Migraine

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you unable to speak at all, or do you find yourself saying words you did not intend?

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

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