Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Speech & Voice

Last year I got sick,went to the doctor who treated me for severe tonsillitis.  The medication did not help.  My throat got worse and I started vomiting and loosing weight.  My left shoulder muscle looked like it collapsed.  I could not eat, swallow and my voice was completely gone.  I had severe head aches which occurred mostly on the left side of my head and neck.  I was living on pain pills.  I was referred to a specialist who did all sorts of test like a berium swallow, MRI, Lumber punch.  They took blood and everything was normal they just said my right vocal cord was not moving.  I was referred to another doctor who did further tests and they said my lower cranial nerve was damaged.  They sent me home with steroid tablets and no further help was given to me. Today my shoulder muscle is healed, but I have a speech impairment.  I could sing beautiful, but I no longer can sing and my self-esteem is gone.  Please help me! I'm afraid!  My head-aches are starting again and my neck is also very sore. I'm afraid something else is going to happen.  What if my speech gets worse.  I already am struggling to be heard clearly! 

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

If the symptoms you describe in relation to difficulties with singing and being heard clearly are the result of your vocal cord "not moving" (vocal cord paralysis), there are number of options available to you. See a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders) to discuss available treatments, such as vocal cord injection or thyroplasty to medialize the paralyzed cord. Voice therapy with a speech pathologist may also be helpful.
Good luck to you!

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