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My sister-in-law began having slightly slurred speech in

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My sister-in-law began having slightly slurred speech in Dec., 7 mos. ago. We asked her if anything had happened and she said she went to the doctor and he said she was having reflux. She has continued to get much worse with her speech and now you can see she struggles with making her words. When we question her she says she feels fine and takes only two pills a day. One is allergy pill the other is blood pressure. She has not been to the doctor and we have asked her to see a specialist. What kind should she see and what are the symptoms indicating?
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Does she have any other symptom besides slurred speech?
Did reflux medicines help?
Does she have any problem with movement of hands, legs?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

She is not a quick mover normally so she moves very deliberately. She is a proud woman and I know she realizes this is going on but when we ask her she says she feels fine and doesn't know who to see. We thought we noticed her left eye and left side of mouth only slightly drooped. Her cognitive abilities seem the same, however.

Thank you for the information,
I would suggest to take an evaluation by a neurologist.
Different neurological conditions can cause slurring at this age.
Stroke or TIA is a frequent cause.
As you see drooping on one side, a stroke can cause this.
In addition there are motor neuron disease, Parkison's disease, chorea, myasthenia or muscle weakness etc.
I feel she needs a full neurological evaluation.
She may need CT scan of brain, NCV, EMG etc.
I hope this information helps.
I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.
Please feel free for any follow up query.
Best wishes.
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