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Left side of tongue higher than other causing issues with pronunciation. Could this be a symptom of something worse?

Hi, i recenlty noticed that left side of my tongue(close tip), is rised higher than right side. This results in problems when i talk, especialy when i pronounce certain letters, i feel like my tongue does not want to come to right position to pronounce correctly. Is it related to muscles in my tongue or i am realy afraid of things like stroke , may it be a symptome of it? I also have curve in my cervical spine , is it possible that some nerves in my neck were pinched? And is it all fixable? I always used to talk fast and because of this i can not talk as fast as i used to. Thanks for answers.
Asked On : Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Your symptoms could suggest a weakness of tongue muscles on one side. The tongue muscles are supplied by the hypoglossal nerve, which originates from the lower part of brainstem, at the junction of cervical spinal cord.

A picture of your tongue when protruded outside, would help in deciding whether or not you have a weakness of tongue muscles.

If weakness is confirmed, we need to do MRI scan of brain to find out the cause, such as stroke, infections, tumors, etc.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any more queries.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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