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I'm having some major issues... here's the story of how it all started.

Last summer we left for tour, we played our tour kick off show in our home town and all was good. After the show, my voice got extremely hoarse but it's happened before so I didn't really sweat it. The next night my voice was completely gone... I felt fine, we started our set and it was embarrassing... After our set, my talking voice was so gone that I didn't talk and I drank tea and took it easy. The next morning I woke up and went directly to the clinic and the doctor said it was laryngitis and that it would go away in a few days. We had shows booked across the states for the next 3 weeks so there was no turning back, we continued on to the next city. The next few night were terrible, my singing voice and talking voice were shot. Halfway through the tour I ended up in the hospital in Rochester because of my throat and the doctors said the same thing, "Viral Laryngitis". We continued the tour, I made it through some shows ok and some were awful.

Once we got home, I gave my voice a rest for nearly a month as I waited for my appointment with a ear/nose/throat specialist. When I got my appointment after about 2 months after tour, the doctor said that I had a cyst on one vocal fold and a nodule on another vocal fold, and he referred me to a specialist above him and they would be my help from here on out. I've seen these specialists 3 times now and they don't have any answers... The took video by going in through my mouth and taking video of my vocal chords etc and they said they don't see the cyst or nodule the other specialist was talking about and all they say is that my vocal chords look swollen and red. I'm losing it, I need my voice...

Now, my talking voice is good during the day until around 9 pm I get really hoarse and my voice sounds terrible to my own ears. I can sing a bit but any kind of quiet singing is gone, I can't sing in falsetto or anything remotely close to it, I can't even talk in a high pitched voice. It's been almost a year, I've been taking it easy on my voice, I don't smoke, I don't know what to do... I've ran out of options and not even the Doctors have any idea what to say. Please somebody help!!!

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You would want to look up Joanna Cazden, our resident vocal health expert. As for nodule and cyst, our admin, Videohere had a polyp and got rid of it without surgery. But it took some speach therapy.

Rest is good, always. But that's not enough, in my amateur, non-expert opinion, rest is not going to help if you are doing the same things wrong in either speach or singing. It is not how much you sing, it is how you sing. You could be doing the wrong things that are allowing strain in your throat, specifically in the muscles that make the larynx and folds move.

Also, you may be oversinging because you can't hear yourself. So, you need to take a baseball bat and have a meeting with the FOH guy mixing your monitor. The bat is to get his attention and to empahsis that you need more volume your monitor.

Others are going to disagree with me on this and absolutely none of them are on tour. I will be disagreed with by people that might take a year to make one recording, rather than a 2 hour set 3 or 4 nights a week. And that point is, consider the limits of your voice in range, tonality, endurance. And you may not want to hear that, either, and I can't help that. I have always been a live singer and am most comfortable in front of others. And I stink at recording. That being said, I do what it takes to give my voice longetivity. Especially as my job has me talking on the phone all day. And I mean from 6 am to 7 pm and that does not include talking with my wife in the evenings.

As well as singing when I want to. Here's the advice from singers like Ronnie James Dio (RIP), Ron Keel, Bruce Dickinson. "Do what it is your voice can do, don't do what it cannot do."

So, to me, I thought you might have laryngitis brought on by strain. But you said a doctor mention viral laryngitis, which is an infection. That takes meds and staying away from singing.

However, it is also likely that you started some bad habits when your voice was failing and you have yet to give up those bad habits, where you were compensating a problem by straining something else.

When you say that you gave your voice a rest, how do you mean that? For you can still have bad habits in speach or however you phonate. Again, it's now how long you sing, it's how you sing.

You may need a speech rehab with some new vocalizing lessons and I don't know how that is going to affect whatever kind of music that you are singing on stage. You might get some lessons and find that, in order to keep your voice, you can't sing the songs the way that you used to sing them.

Many people think that any voice can make any sound. My response would be should it? No.

And you may say, well, I sang like that for a long time. Yes, and, exactly where has it gotten you, now? It is possible to do the wrong thing for years. I know, because I have done so, as well.

Good luck and get well.

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I think you're right about the compensating for where my voice was failing and straining something else. Vocal lessons is something I should probably be looking into but it's a money thing, I'm broke! Go figure, starving artist. When I said I was giving it a rest, I stopped singing completely for a month and was careful about not straining my voice at work etc.

One of the things I started doing was wearing ear plugs during jam and live because half the places we play are DIY venues and monitors aren't even an option sometimes. I think it's really helped with vocal control and not singing too loud. I should actually say screaming, not singing... I've been really hard on my voice for the 10 years I've been doing this, when it comes down to it, screaming is screaming.

Thanks for the advice, I'll be posting here as my voice gets better or worse.

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