Initial signs similar to bells palsy, drooping right eye, puffy right cheek, slurred speech, sudden onset. No further stroke signs. CT scan shows no sign of stroke. Eye and cheek mostly cleared up in the 5 days since onset, but the slurred speech although disappearing returns each time she eats, anything from 30 mins to about 2 hours approximately. Can also get slurred speech if talking for a period and the more she talks the worse it tends to be, clearing up after resting voice for a short time. Dont know if there's a connection but always taken Tramadol and Paracetomol, but was prescribed Methocarbamol and slurring started about 8 days after Methocarbamol began. Was told to stop the Methocarbamol on the day the problems began in case of allergy to it and given antihistamines but its been 5 days since it all began and still no change, slurring still ongoing when talking for any time and always after eating anything. GP and hospitals so far have no ideas. Nothing has changed lately other than the 8 days of Methocarbamol. No falls or anything. She is type 2 diabetic not on insulin, controlled by medication only which she's had for a couple of years.

My MIL thought she was having a stroke...slightly impaired facial muscles one one side, slurred speech (and, truth be told, a bit of melodrama). After an ambulance trip, turned out that her blood sugar was too low (Type 2 diabetic) and a little dehydrated. Her speech was slurred and she had a hard time finding and pronouncing some words for a couple of days. We were concerned about TIAs but she just took a long time to recover from the sugar low.

Hope your situation is as easy to resolve as hers was.
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Reply to metoo111

Apart from ct scan, only the GP has checked her really. Hospital talked about overnight admission but 12 hours later said no beds despite our checking there would be one and she wouldn't be left in waiting room. Assured they wouldn't leave her there and she'd have a bed that night but 2am she arranged a taxi to take her home and get medication and a good nights sleep. Still no change, still slurring mostly after eating which usually tends to clear up soon after, unless talking when it can start again then clear up. New hospital tomorrow, so living in hope of some answers but people seem unsure what it is right now.
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Dad’s stroke did not show up on the first and perhaps the second CT.

take her back to the doctor.
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A CT is done to check for a BLEED stroke. Often doesn't pick up the clot stroke or the spasm stroke, but does rule out a bleed, so that treatment can be given. Strange. How is the swallow, the gait and the handed? Any weakness there? This is sounding like stroke. Your best improvement will come within two week time if that is the case, as the swelling goes down a bit. Anything else will take some work to get back. MRI should be considered if there is no pacemaker or anything else that means one cannot be done.
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Walrus77 Dec 3, 2019
No problems at all with arms and legs. Very minor problems swallowing but only occasional, it's more that food seems to take longer to go down but is eating normally, not going without at all. Was promised an overnight admission but after 12 hours in waiting room was told at 2am they still didn't have a bed at which time she'd had enough. Diabetic type 2, arthritis, high blood pressure, and no medication at all with her as she'd been transferred from local hospital to another 30 mile away by ambulance unexpectedly, they'd been told she didn't have her medication but they did nothing but leave her for 12 hours. She left, but returned to GP who has arranged investigation at different hospital so hopefully get some answers when she goes tomorrow.
Thank you for advice and help so far.
Definitely first check out stroke symptoms urgently per BarbBrooklyn's comment. If confirmed not a stroke, then maybe Bell's Palsy, especially if your mom has recently had an upper respiratory illness (and often no sickness prior). It's caused by a viral infection.

Risk factors:
Bell's palsy occurs more often in people who:
- Are pregnant, especially during the third trimester, or who are in the first week after giving birth
- Have an upper respiratory infection, such as the flu or a cold
- Have diabetes

"...Lyme disease and tumors — can also cause facial muscle weakness, mimicking Bell's palsy. If the cause of your symptoms isn't clear, your doctor may recommend other tests..."
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What besides a CT scan have they done?

Checked her carotid arteries? Did they check for blood clots in her legs? (I'm just thinking of the workup that DH had recently when stroke was suspected). Was there a cardiac workup?

Strokes often don't show up on CT scans right away. Does the doctor know that she is still slurring?
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