1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2017 »
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Slurred speech

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Steven76, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Steven76

    Steven76 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    I've been diabetic now for 20 years,insulin controlled.my sugar levels are never stable it's uncontrollable.I've been running very high for weeks now then I panic shoot insulin and end up low then eat the food cupboard lol.what concerns me is at times,not neccessarily when my sugars are at extremes my speech gets slurred and my wife accussed me of drinking or taking drugs or something.I don't do either and really would like know what causes this slurred speech.thanks
     
  2. cugila

    cugila · Master

    Messages:
    10,272
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    118
    As there are over 250 possible causes of slurred speech which can include side effects of some Medications it is important that you seek medical advice ASAP for this. Whilst it can be humourus to some it can be signs of a serious problem.

    Please see your GP and discuss.
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,714
    Likes Received:
    19,874
    Trophy Points:
    278
    Steven,

    Like Ken says, it's best to get this investigated as there are many other causes for slurred speech and may well not be diabetes related. Hypoglycemia can cause confusion and make some people talk disorientated, but as you say your levels are high when you slur this obviously isn't the case, so for peace of mind do see your gp.

    Nigel
     
  4. Steven76

    Steven76 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    I've been to doc got tested I'm on blood pressure mess but all else fine.my mouth gets very dry when bloods unstable.does anyone else experience this?
     
  5. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,714
    Likes Received:
    19,874
    Trophy Points:
    278
    Not particularly Steven, but could I ask you a question.......do you test for ketones when running high bg?

    Nigel
     
  6. Steven76

    Steven76 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    No I've not tested for ketones in about a year.
     
  7. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,714
    Likes Received:
    19,874
    Trophy Points:
    278
    Steven, as you say your is never stable and running high for weeks, it's important that you check regularly for signs of ketones. The dry mouth could will be due to your elevated blood glucose, when bg rises the body tries to get rid of the excess sugar via the kidneys and a increase of urination is the norm, this in turn leads to dehydration which will leave you feeling very dry and possibly muddled/confused, and when this does occurs it's important to bring bg levels down quickly whilst drinking plenty of fluids and monitoring regularly.

    Another question, have you done a carb counting course such as DAFNE? they are brilliant at teaching patients the principles of accurately matching your insulin to the carbs you eat, so if you haven't done one already...........do ask your dsn about the DAFNE course or similar.

    Nigel
     
  8. sorefinger

    sorefinger · Member

    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Dry mouth ..Check for thrush in your mouth..
     
  9. Steven76

    Steven76 · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    That's great thanks it all makes sense.no haven't got thrush but the rest fits
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook