timmilesmusic Posted June 28, 2011 Share Posted June 28, 2011 Hi there, I just want to run a scenario i have been experiencing since January this year past you all if possible! I had a very bad bout of Flu in December 2010 and spent about 3 weeks coughing, when it finally cleared up, i had no experience of any throat issues with pain related, just an uncomfortable feeling and weak having had a bad case of flu. I returned to work in a call centre where i worked 2 days a week and my voice began to ache badly, i ignored it at the time but throughout the shift it became worse and started to sting. After my first shift back i actually lost my voice, and if i tried to talk it would be a sharp sensation in my larynx with a hoarse sounding voice. I then left my job. I visited ENT in early Feb, who looked with a camera and advised me they actually couldn't see any issues with my vocal folds, no swelling, redness, it all looked fine. They said the only thing that stood out very slightly is one of the fold didnt quite vibrate properly, but they advised it was nothing to worry about and suggested a further 3 weeks total silence. To cut a long story short after 3 weeks silence the issue didn't clear up, in fact it didn't clear up until the Middle of April at which point i began lightly singing again, bad idea, it was fine for about 2 weeks and one day i pushed it too hard forgetting my voice was still feeling weak and the issue returned. It has been here ever since, not as bad as previously. At the moment my voice has a Burning/Scratchy sensation when i talk (i haven't even tryed singing), it is sometimes worse than others but seems to be continuos. My new job is also a call centre but thankfully very very low volume of calls so of my 8 hour day, 85% of it is admin work so i can stay silent. I have another ENT appointment in a few weeks time through the UK NHS system but i guess i just wanted to check whether this could really be vocal damage after all this time? It seems to recover and get to the weak feeling in my voice but with no paint stage and then take a step back to the scratchy/ burning feeling rather than recovering further. Would really appreciate help in moving forward because i am getting to the point now where it is driving me nuts, and i make noises just to test i can actually still speak because i'm so silent. don't get me wrong i'm not staying completely silent, but as silent as i possibly can. It's affecting both my social life and my music career drastically and i just want to know the best course of action to take! I do also drink 5 Pints of Water a day, have a humidified room and eat healthily! I also use "Vocal Zone" sweets which are a herbal Soother and do really work. And i also take Omeprozole twice a day for Acid Refluc (Which the doctor asked me to take as a precation, been taking it also since January) Thanks in advance everyone! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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