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Voice Disorders Following Thyroidectomy
Many causes: The most common cause is vocal abuse. Yelling, screaming, vocal tension and tightness in the throat all can cause damage to the vocal cords. Reflux into the throat can cause irritation, throat clearing and damage as well. Finally, neurological conditions such as spasmodic dysphonia can cause problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical exam: Your ent/laryngologist can diagnose most voice disorders by listening to you, going over your medical history, and then examining you and your voice box. There are many types of voice disorders, and some form of treatment can help with most of them. A long term voice problem (over 1-2 weeks) may indicate a serious condition so don't delay in getting seen. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Voice testing.: Modern laryngology, the science of identifying and testing voice disorders has advanced dramatically in the last 30 years. Diagnosis begins with a direct visualization of the vocal folds with an endoscope through the mouth or the nose. Taking a proper history. Video-stroboscopy and electromyography are but a few of the new tools available for a proper diagnosis. See a laryngologist. ...Read more
I have a voice disorder. My voice is too girlish and very small such that i cant shout nor my voice is heard in public. Please help me?
Voice disorder: Please consult a laryngologist to evaluate you anatomically for laryngeal disorder. More likely it may be an endocrine issue and your primary care physician should be addressing your concerns. ...Read more
Anyone is at risk: Voice disorders can happen to anyone. There are those based in a neurological problem, those that happen after injury, intubation or surgery and those that happen from "overuse"- i prefer to think of it as need-ability mismatch. Since we're all at risk, we should all be conscious of the voice since it's part of our 'fingerprint' in an audio and video world. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different treatments: Voice disorders include many problems, so a short answer isn't possible. In very broad terms, depending on the problem, treatments may include medications, voice therapy and lifestyle modifications, vocal exercises, or surgery. If you have a voice problem, seek out an ent/laryngologist, especially if you have a profession which relies on your voice. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm forty-five/female i don't have a voice disorder but i lose my voice to severe fear and anxiety; what do I do when i've tried everything?
Changing patterns: You haven't tried everything. You might want to talk with a professional. Psychologist. Speech therapist. Behavioral medicine. Biofeedback, hypnosis. Stress management, etc.. You need to manage the stress, and your body's response patterns. Break down the pattern, triggers and introduce a disruption to change the pattern. Intervening in advance to lower levels of underlying stress might help. ...Read more
It can: The risk of nerve injury with surgery should be about 1%. If it happens, 50% can recover. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the voice and damage can cause severe hoarseness and weak voice. Superior laryngeal nerve damage can cause loss of pitch. The overwhelming majority of people have no problem, some have mild weakness that returns, and very few have permanent damage. Chances are good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long will it take to for me to project my voice after total thyroidectomy? My doctors states he hears an improvement but the level is same to me.
Hoarseness: Generally, after total thyroidectomy your voice should be completely normal. This may indicate that there is a temporary issue with your vocal cord mobility. Or, it could be related to some inflammation of your vocal cords from the breathing tube that was in your throat during surgery. It may take between 4 to 6 weeks to get back to normal. ...Read more
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