The Mouth Suddenly Tilts Accompanied By Slurred Speech And Stiff Legs In The Elderly?

I want to ask, my grandmother is 90. My grandmother suddenly tilted her mouth and when she spoke it was not clear. His legs are also stiff as if it is difficult to move. Even though it was fine before. What do you think happened to my grandma?

1 Answer:

Hi Bella,

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Sudden tilting of the mouth, slurred speech, and difficulty moving the lower limbs are most likely signs that your grandmother had a stroke. This condition is characterized by neurological deficits caused by rupture or blockage of blood vessels in the brain. Not only that, depending on the type and severity of the stroke, patients may also experience decreased consciousness, seizures, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, severe headaches, numbness, and unable to control the urge to defecate and urinate.

There are several factors that increase a person's risk of having a stroke, including:

Genetics Old age Unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking, infrequent exercise, immobility, alcohol and drug consumption Suffering from certain diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, heart disease, etc. TIA (transient ischemic attack), Bell's palsy, pinched nerves, Guillain Barre syndrome, and so on. A thorough neurological evaluation and supporting examinations are required, such as laboratory, X-ray, CT scan, and also MRI to determine the cause of your grandmother's complaint. Therefore, you should take him directly to a neurologist for further treatment.

Depending on the severity and type of stroke, stroke treatment can be carried out with several procedures, ranging from medication, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and so on. With proper treatment, patients are expected to be able to return to their normal activities, although sometimes healing cannot be achieved in a short time.

At this time, you can help your grandmother to do the following efforts:

Calm his mind, do not make him panic or upset Give him soft food that is easy to chew and swallow Help him move his legs, arms, and body passively to prevent muscle stiffness Give him healthy and nutritious food, limit foods high in salt, multiply vegetables and fruit Give your grandmother time to get enough rest Hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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