My wife and I are in need of serious help. My wife has been having speech difficulties for up to three years now. It causes pain for her to talk and resting only helps but doesn't seem to cure it. Though we haven't done an extensive rest for it. We have been to multiple specialists and have gotten multiple answers. My wife was once told she had polyps on her vocal cords. Then we went back to a different doctor a few months later and after scoping her he told us there was nothing there and he saw no problem at all. Which makes no sense to us because her voice is always in a differing state of pain. From slight to great. She used to have serious problems with acid but we have gotten that under control. She has never drank or smoked. We we're thinking it could be either contact ulcer or possible Chronic Non-Specific Laryngitis but we really have no idea. Her last two scopes showed nothing, but her voice is still hurting. We are really desperate to figure this out! Why could there be nothing on the scope but still she is having this problems? I hope you might be able to help. Thank you for your time and support.
Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
In some cases, odynophagia, or pain with voicing, is related to how the voice is being used, rather than the presence of pathology. Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is a general term to describe excessive and unnecessary tension of laryngeal muscles during voicing. MTD is often referred to by many different names, including hyperfunction, functional dysphonia, ventricular or false vocal fold compression, etc. The condition is treated in voice therapy with a speech pathologist experienced in the treatment of voice disorders.
Best of luck to you both!