Thursday, May 22, 2014

Professional Voice User

For years now, I've struggled with vocal hoarseness after about an hour of singing. Recently, however, after singing, my entire body becomes achy and sore along with my throat hurting. I've seen voice specialists and they say that my scope shows everything's fine. I've worked on my vocal technique with voice teachers, but this issue remains. Lately, I've been searching online for others who experience this body soreness after singing, but haven't found anything similar. I'm a professional commodities trader by day, so I do yell quite a bit in the trading pits, but I never experience any pain or aching. Please advise.

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

It certainly sounds as though you are frustrated by this soreness that occurs only after singing. Although I have not personally evaluated you, some singers can develop muscle tension dysphonia, a condition that occurs when muscles around the larynx become unnecessarily active during vocal function. This can result in pain and discomfort, which is usually intermittent. Likewise, people can develop compensatory muscle tension in other parts of their body. I would be interested to hear what your voice teachers have recommended and if your singing posture has been evaluated. It might be beneficial to have your larynx examined by a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in voice disorders) while you are singing to determine if muscle tension is in fact causing your discomfort. Our medical team would be more than happy to see you; appointments can be made by calling 443-849-2087.

Good luck!

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