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Old 09-05-2022, 08:34 AM
 
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Hi all,

Yes, I did 3 searches using different criteria and found nothing so I'll ask here. *fingers crossed*

I need to talk a lot in my job. (Not teaching.)

I've got a strained voice and have missed several days b/c of it.

I am currently doing these things I've learned about from Dr. Google and Dr. Youtube.

1. steaming the vocal chords.
2. Not talking or only talking when absolutely needed (called 'relative rest')
3. Not drinking cold liquids, but liquids at room temperature.
4. Yes, drinking lot of water to hydrate, which I've always done.

Is there anything else I can do?


TIA.
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Old 09-05-2022, 11:08 AM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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Yes!

5. Go to an actual doctor, see if there's any actual damage that requires actual medical treatment.
5a. If there is, get that actual treatment.
5b. If not, rest your voice, avoid dairy and chocolate (both can irritate throats).
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Old 09-05-2022, 05:21 PM
 
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Is there anything else I can do?
Check out the Singer's Saving Grace herbal throat spray. Herbs Etc. is a great company and I have used several of their products.

https://www.herbsetc.com/search.php?...Saving%20Grace

https://www.herbsetc.com/about-herbs-etc/
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Old 09-05-2022, 06:25 PM
 
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Yes!

5. Go to an actual doctor, see if there's any actual damage that requires actual medical treatment.
5a. If there is, get that actual treatment.
5b. If not, rest your voice, avoid dairy and chocolate (both can irritate throats).
Thank you, Ghaati.
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Old 09-05-2022, 06:26 PM
 
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Check out the Singer's Saving Grace herbal throat spray. Herbs Etc. is a great company and I have used several of their products.

https://www.herbsetc.com/search.php?...Saving%20Grace

https://www.herbsetc.com/about-herbs-etc/
Much appreciated, capoeira.
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Old 09-05-2022, 08:18 PM
 
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I agree with Ghaati. A normal amount of talking shouldn't leave you like with a strained voice, let alone for days on end, and it might be best to find out what's going on.

In the meantime, warm tea with honey and lemon (or some people will say whisk{e}y), gargle with warm salt water, tea ingredients like licorice root/wild cherry bark/marshmallow root/slippery elm bark (check any contraindications with medications you're taking), NSAIDs for pain and inflammation, etc.
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Old 09-06-2022, 01:05 AM
 
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A couple points--

Talking, even all day, everyday at work should not strain the vocal cords. Even if it does occasionally, a night's rest should restore it.

Yelling, prolonged singing (as in professional singing) may strain the vocal cords. Repeated insult like that may lead to polyps on the cords and require surgery.

Tumors-- benign polyps or cancer, must be ruled out by expert physical examination.

Food /diet should not make any difference at all-- unless you have a problem with dysphagia/regurgitation-- another reason for a good physical exam/medical consultation.

I once had a patient who was an Elvis impersonator. He came in complaining of a URI with hoarseness, and he had to perform a show on the weekend. What could he do about the voice?...I told him that Enrico Caruso used to put bourbon in an atomizer and spray his throat prior to performances to loosen his vocal cords....Elvis was all smiles at that news and greatly encouraged. As the pt. was about to go thru the door, I added, "Of course Caruso died young of throat cancer."....Elvis cancelled his performance.
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Old Yesterday, 01:38 AM
 
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I agree with Ghaati. A normal amount of talking shouldn't leave you like with a strained voice, let alone for days on end, and it might be best to find out what's going on.
With my job I had to basically talk non-stop all day for many, many, days on end. I won't do it again, though.

Yes, I may get a medical opinion.

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In the meantime, warm tea with honey and lemon (or some people will say whisk{e}y), gargle with warm salt water, tea ingredients like licorice root/wild cherry bark/marshmallow root/slippery elm bark (check any contraindications with medications you're taking), NSAIDs for pain and inflammation, etc.
Cheers for the above info. Will some of these to what I'm doing.

I only take finesteride (hair).

Maybe NSAIDs would help?


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Old Yesterday, 01:39 AM
 
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A couple points--

Talking, even all day, everyday at work should not strain the vocal cords. Even if it does occasionally, a night's rest should restore it.

Yelling, prolonged singing (as in professional singing) may strain the vocal cords. Repeated insult like that may lead to polyps on the cords and require surgery.

Tumors-- benign polyps or cancer, must be ruled out by expert physical examination.


Food /diet should not make any difference at all-- unless you have a problem with dysphagia/regurgitation-- another reason for a good physical exam/medical consultation.

I once had a patient who was an Elvis impersonator. He came in complaining of a URI with hoarseness, and he had to perform a show on the weekend. What could he do about the voice?...I told him that Enrico Caruso used to put bourbon in an atomizer and spray his throat prior to performances to loosen his vocal cords....Elvis was all smiles at that news and greatly encouraged. As the pt. was about to go thru the door, I added, "Of course Caruso died young of throat cancer."....Elvis cancelled his performance.
Thanks, I'll see about an expert examination.

Cheers for the story, too..
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 PM
 
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I had a polyp in my throat that made me sound hoarse. I had speech therapy after it was removed because the surgeon told me that those who chose to do it reduced their rate of recurrence by 88%. What I learned was how to speak and project my voice without straining anything in my throat. All the air goes through your sinuses and you use your upper palate. I went weekly for 4 months.


They suggested lozenges for when it's cold or dry or allergy season or when you need to use your voice a lot. Either Grether's pastilles ($35 a tin back then) or Hall's Breezers.
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