A heavy tongue
Heaviness of the tongue is known as one of the symptoms of difficulty in pronouncing speech, that is, what is known as mumbling, change in rhythm, or speed in speaking, and there are many reasons leading to a heavy tongue. Such as: the presence of some health problems in the brain, or the presence of muscle and nervous disorders, and in this article we will talk about these reasons, and we will learn about the treatment methods.
Causes of a heavy tongue
- Taking drugs or alcohol.
- Exposure to some brain injuries.
- Having a stroke.
- Presence of nerve and muscle disorders, which leads to amyotrophic sclerosis.
- Muscle atrophy.
Symptoms of a heavy tongue
- A change in the level of consciousness or alertness.
- A change in mental state, or sudden behavior, such as: feeling confused, lethargic, hallucinations, or having some delusions.
- Difficulty with memory, thinking, speaking, understanding, writing or reading.
- Feeling of constant sleepiness.
- Loss of muscle coordination.
- Feeling paralyzed, or unable to move a part of the body.
- Feeling a headache.
- A sudden change in vision, or eye pain.
- Vomiting occurs.
- Inability to swallow or chew
- The occurrence of drooling.
- Cramps, twitching, and muscle weakness.
- Problems with balance.
- Inability to walk and fall.
- Note: Sometimes a heavy tongue can be a life-threatening symptom that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting while seeking medical attention.
Treatment for the heaviness of the tongue with herbs
- Chew ginger twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, with good speech practice.
- Eating more cabbage, especially before bed.
- Chew the black seed in the amount of a quarter of a teaspoon twice a day; Once on an empty stomach, and the second time before bed.
- Suck on vegetable sugar from time to time.
- Eat raisins with ginger and jam in the morning and in the evening.
- Sublingual massage with a mixture of salt and honey.
Medically treating the heaviness of the tongue
Treatment can be done by going to the patient to a speech-language doctor to test and treat the problem, as the patient learns a lot of skills that will allow him to overcome the problems of heavy tongue, and the patient may need to repeat some sounds over and over in order to learn how to properly control it without fouling .
Techniques to improve verbal communication
- Take care to keep the mouth free from excess saliva.
- Speak slowly to avoid slurring.
- Not to expose the neck muscles to tightness, by making sure to practice relaxation exercises constantly.
- Avoid taking medication that relaxes muscles.