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Old 07-10-2016, 04:33 PM
 
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Hello. i just started a new job at a library. I have noticed that over the course of a few hours, my throat (maybe my vocal cords) become very strained. I don't actually lose my voice but there is a fair amount of discomfort. Until I started this new job, I have never experienced this feeling. It ususally goes away after about an hour of not talking. What I have noticed is that the discomfort is only ever present on my right side. It's starting to worry me that maybe I should make an appointment to see my doctor. Like I said, until I started this brand new job, never have I had this problem.

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Old 07-10-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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Hello. i just started a new job at a library. I have noticed that over the course of a few hours, my throat (maybe my vocal cords) become very strained. I don't actually lose my voice but there is a fair amount of discomfort. Until I started this new job, I have never experienced this feeling. It ususally goes away after about an hour of not talking. What I have noticed is that the discomfort is only ever present on my right side. It's starting to worry me that maybe I should make an appointment to see my doctor. Like I said, until I started this brand new job, never have I had this problem.

Are there dusty books at the library or is there dust in the air? If so, it could be allergies.

Probably a good idea to see your doctor to be sure what is causing it & to get some relief from your symptoms.

Whenever I've worked in dusty archives I get something similar, but never just on one side.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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Hello. i just started a new job at a library. I have noticed that over the course of a few hours, my throat (maybe my vocal cords) become very strained. I don't actually lose my voice but there is a fair amount of discomfort. Until I started this new job, I have never experienced this feeling. It ususally goes away after about an hour of not talking. What I have noticed is that the discomfort is only ever present on my right side. It's starting to worry me that maybe I should make an appointment to see my doctor. Like I said, until I started this brand new job, never have I had this problem.
Do you only get this in the library? Do you have it at home or anywhere else? I've never heard of anything like this, only on the right side and it goes away. As a former librarian, I do know that libraries are bad for allergies--dust and mold mostly.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:49 PM
 
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The first time I noticed when soon after I started working at the library. Never had it at any other job, even ones that required lots of talking. It doesn't seem to crop up anywhere else. It's quite unusual. And, yes, the discomfort only seems to be on the right side of my neck/throat.

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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That's very odd that it is only on the right side.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:16 PM
 
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That's very odd that it is only on the right side.
And do you ONLY get it at the library? Do you get it when you're home for a day?
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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I originally noticed it when I was at work in the library about a week ago. The symptoms usually go away after an hour or so. The only thing in my life that changed was the new job at the library, unless it's just a coincidence and something else that just so happened to crop up around the same time. Weird. I emailed my doc and asked if I could see an ENT. But with how are terrible our health care system is, it could be weeks before I can get seen. I was home yesterday and, no, I did not feel anything even after a long phone call.
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Unilateral vocal cord polyp(s)? A primary care doc can at least look at your throat and neck and assess for obvious abnormalities, such as nodules, enlarged lymph nodes/thyroid, any asymmetry, allergies, etc... while you are waiting a referral to the ENT, if needed. Any unexplained swallowing or breathing problems, fevers, nightsweats or weight loss? Do you smoke? If so, make sure you discuss this with the doc.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:01 PM
 
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Non-smoker with no other symptoms.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:14 AM
 
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Has your thyroid been checked? Mine was enlarged and growing around my vocal cord.
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