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My voice always feels strained, as though I've been yelling or talking for a very long time. What can I take or do?

My voice always feels strained, as though I've been yelling or talking for a very long time. What can I take or do?

Vocal hygeine: You may not be using your voice properly or you may have developed poor vocal habits... Similar to limping after a hip injury... You should be evaluated by an ENT and a voice therapist to address this. ...Read more

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Voice Disorders (Definition)

Voice disorders - "voice quality, pitch, and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural background, or geographic location." ...Read more


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My voice always feels very strained, tense, and tired. What can I do to fix this?

My voice always feels very strained, tense, and tired. What can I do to fix this?

See your doctor: You probably need to see an ear, nose, & throat doctor to have them look at your vocal cords. You could have nodules or polyps on your vocal cords. The ENT can let you know if there is anything that needs to be done after they examine your vocal cords. ...Read more

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Is two weeks long enough to rest a strained voice?

Depends: You should not engage in prolonged voice rest unless supervised by a physician trained in care of the voice since, otherwise, you have no idea what you're treating. Get to a laryngologist so you can know what the problem is; the treatment may be more involved than simple rest. ...Read more

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My voice sounds strained and speaking is a struggle for 3 months now. My neck sometimes feels tight and hurts. What could be causing this?

My voice sounds strained and speaking is a struggle for 3 months now. My neck sometimes feels tight and hurts. What could be causing this?

Vocal cord Problem: Long lasting voice strain with discomfort suggests a vocal cord problem. This could be from a partial paralysis of one cord or a thickening (growth or polyp) on one of the vocal cords. Acid reflux, smoking or virus are the main causes. It could also come from something near the vocal cords like the thyroid gland.
This always needs to be looked at by an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I thought I strained my voice singing but I started coughing up hard green mucus this morning. Am I getting sick or is it from singing?

I thought I strained my voice singing but I started coughing up hard green mucus this morning. Am I getting sick or is it from singing?

Possibilities: It could be a combination. Voice strain doesn't cause green mucus. Recommend voice rest, good hydration & boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain and to accelerate healing of laryngitis. *
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My voice becomes very weak/strained if I have a fast, long or difficult run. Usually on runs of more than an hour, or 7 miles. Unusual?

My voice becomes very weak/strained if I have a fast, long or difficult run. Usually on runs of more than an hour, or 7 miles. Unusual?

Could be reflux: I have treated adults who develop or worsen their gastroesophageal acid reflux (ger) when exercising, especially running. If you have symptoms of ger after or during running, like heartburn, weird sensation in throat, coughing, or throat clearing, may want to try ger treatment like xantaz, Prevacid (lansoprazole) or prilosec. ...Read more

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Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Sternocleidomastoid: The sternocleidomastoid is involved in head/neck turning and flexion. It has no direct role in speech or laryngeal function. ...Read more

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Sickness began in throat, strained voice. Better 4 days later so taught all day. Completely lost voice. 12 days on voice is still weak. On ceftin500mg?

Sickness began in throat, strained voice. Better 4 days later so taught all day. Completely lost voice. 12 days on voice is still weak. On ceftin500mg?

Laryngitis is from: Swollen inflamed vocal cords. Resting the voice is essential. In some cases, steroids are used. See your ENT if you can't wait. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice, dry cough, and pink eye are the symptoms I am currently facing. Do I have a strain of the flu?

Hoarse voice, dry cough, and pink eye are the symptoms I am currently facing. Do I have a strain of the flu?

Flu like symptoms: Dear KristiniaU84
Sad that you are feeling sick. From reading about your symptoms, it does feel like you are having a viral infection. Common symptoms of flu are fever, cough and body aches. Your symptoms could also be caused by a virus (flu causing organism is also a virus) and is usually self remitting. This means you likely don't need antibiotics. Just supportive care is good. ...Read more

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Ears plugged, ringing, human voice sound funny, mild vertigo. Neck at base of scull hurting ;like muscle strain, anxiety, no fever, tired.?

Ears plugged, ringing, human voice sound funny, mild vertigo. Neck at base of scull hurting ;like muscle strain, anxiety, no fever, tired.?

Begin by clarifying Begin by clarifying ear: You need to discuss with your physician Your best starting point is with the ears to see about the ringing. This may be a clue to the rest of your problems. ...Read more

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How do you know. Neck has been strained? How does it feel like

How do you know. Neck has been strained? How does it feel like

Strain in neck: It hurts to move it side to side or back and forth. One side hurts more than the other. Take Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain and use ice 20 mon every hour while awake to the sore areas. Good luck. ...Read more

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Left ball feels strained, discomfort every now and then. What should I do?

Left ball feels strained, discomfort every now and then. What should I do?

Left reticle discom: Usually one sided testicular pain is related with rupture or hernia but you may notice swelling as well. Other reasons are increased circulation (varicocele), pressure tithe jocks, sexual arouseness, if a lump is felt then growth such as cyst or tumor or water (hydroelectric) may be cause. Infection or torsion or twist of cord may happen. If does not improve then see your MD ...Read more

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I always feel like I'm being watched and now I hear voices whispering to me. What can I do to make it stop? Its making me feel crazed. Please help me

I always feel like I'm being watched and now I hear voices whispering to me. What can I do to make it stop? Its making me feel crazed. Please help me

Go to see MD ASAP: You should go to see a psychiatrist. Your psychiatrist can help you to make those stopped. But first you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Paranoid schizophrenia will be one of the possibilities. ...Read more

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My son is 9yrs old, and strained too hard and his rectum has come out of him, will it go back in on its on? Can I do smething? This has happend before last year, it went back in then, but he didn't feel it at all then, now it seems to hurt him bad. That s

My son is 9yrs old, and strained too hard and his rectum has come out of him, will it go back in on its on? Can I do smething? This has happend before last year, it went back in then, but he didn't feel it at all then, now it seems to hurt him bad. That s

This is an: Emergency and the prolapse needs immediate reduction by a knowledgeable md either a pediatric GI or surgeon or a colon and rectal surgeon. He needs to be taken to the er at once. He is in pain because the prolapsed bowel is being strangulated by the sphincter muscles and needs immediate attention. Do not delay! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a low voice and I feel ashamed?

What to do if I have a low voice and I feel ashamed?

There's too much: Shame in the world. A speech pathologist or speech therapist can help w/voice. See doc who may refer you to one. Try to keep your focus on who you are as a person. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can strained ab muscles feel like hunger pain?

Can strained ab muscles feel like hunger pain?

Not really: Peptic ulcer disease usually manifests with hunger like pain. The condition often cause by Helicobacter pylori infection. While strain abdominal muscles can't produce look like pain, the pain is more of a dull, achy pain, reproduced with position, not hunger like pain. ...Read more

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I feel like I strained a muscle, what can I do to restore the muscle?

I feel like I strained a muscle, what can I do to restore the muscle?

Avoid weight lifting: Make sure you're not taking any lip at Loring agents. As Simba Staten, Lipitor, can cause muscle strain/muscle aches. If your muscle pain is related to movement, you may speak to your primary doctor ...Read more

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I feel worthless and hated even by medical professionals, a voice inside says I need to kill myself to make others happy

I feel worthless and hated even by medical professionals, a voice inside says I need to kill myself to make others happy

Please don't: Give credence to the voice that says you need to kill yourself. Are you depressed? Depression can cause one to have a very distorted view of the world. It is important to be brave and to accept help from medical professionals even if you fear being hated. You are not worthless. You have worth. You deserve to receive care. ...Read more

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I am post menopausal (57) but have recently been feeling the strained discomfort I used to feel when ovulating. What causes this? Is something wrong?

I am post menopausal (57) but have recently been feeling the strained discomfort I used to feel when ovulating. What causes this? Is something wrong?

Exam needed: Abdominal discomfort can have many causes, so you will need to see your doctor for a complete evaluation. Any organ in the abdomen or pelvis could be the source of your symptoms. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

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We found a knot in my husbands groin area. It's on the left side and you can not see it only feel it if push. What could this be. He has not strained him self but he said it is painful.?

Important get checke: That could certainly be a hernia but there are more troublesome possibilities so see your doctor soon to have it checked. Hernias can be repaired. Get it checked. ...Read more

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How is the voice evaluated?

How is the voice evaluated?

Voice: There are multiple ways to evaluate the voice. We can measure the essential frequency, measure vocal range, determine is cough/clearing is a problem, and do an endoscopy to look at the vocal cords. Talk to your doctor about going for an evaluation if there is a problem. An ENT or speech pathologist referral may be indicated. ...Read more

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Why is my voice gone?

Look to the voicebox: If your voice is gone, there is likely some issue with the vocal cords. If difficulty with your voice lasts for more than 10-14 days, I would recommend seeing an ENT who is trained to deal with voice health for an evaluation and to see how you can avoid this in the future. ...Read more