SKY sports presenter Chris Kamara has spoken out about his speech condition and how it is affecting his life.
The 64-year-old suffers from speech apraxia, which means he finds it difficult to say words in the right order.
He appeared on Good Morning Britain after fans reached out to him with concerns following his performance on Football Saturday.
He said: “My apraxia, when it’s bad, prevents those signals from going from that brain to that mouth. It slows it down, sometimes it also blurs the words. People look and think, ‘Is he okay? is he drunk the thing with him?”
Kamara reassured fans who had tweeted him with support.
“Alongside my thyroid problem, I developed an apraxia of speech and have been working to get my speech back to normal.
“Some days it can be a bit slow and some days it’s normal. Hopefully I can beat that,” he said.
But what is apraxia of speech and how is it related to thyroid problems?
Speech apraxia is a condition that makes speaking difficult, where sufferers know what they want to say but have difficulty communicating their words.
The NHS says the condition can be extremely frustrating for people.
They explained: “Often the person with apraxia has difficulty with conversation. However, she can be good at ‘automatic’ language tasks such as counting, swearing, repeating rhymes, greetings and goodbyes.
It is usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain, such as B. by a stroke.
The condition does not affect a person’s understanding and symptoms of the condition can vary depending on the severity of the disorder.
The main symptoms are:
- be able to say a word correctly one minute and not the next
- difficulties at the beginning of words
- greater difficulty with longer words
- Recognizing mistakes but not being able to correct them
- speak slowly
- being better at “automatic tasks” like counting and singing.
How is an underactive thyroid related?
If you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), your thyroid does not produce enough hormones.
Common signs of an underactive thyroid include fatigue, weight gain and depression.
Studies have previously shown that apraxia of speech is linked to an underactive thyroid.
An underactive thyroid can develop over the years and may not always be obvious.
If left untreated, the condition can lead to a condition called goiter, which is swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck, causing a lump in the front of the neck.
This lump can contribute to a hoarse voice and difficulty speaking.
A study published in the Eurasian Journal of Medicine found that voice quality can be affected by thyroid disease.
The paper states, “Thyroid disease causes subtle changes in vocal acoustic parameters in patients with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.”
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