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How common are speech problems in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

As many as 40 percent of people who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) will face speech difficulties at some time. The most common problems are loudness, a harsh quality to the voice, and problems with articulation and pitch.

The symptom could hit hard with a relapse, or come and go several times a day on a regular basis. It might be so subtle that your spouse or doctor notices it before you do, or so frustrating that you don't want to leave the house.

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