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Might need to see an ENT

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I hurt my voice several years back. I was very sick for several months straight, and even after getting well, it almost a year for my voice to fully recover. 

Ever since, I've had some trouble. I've become good at working around it and it has improved over time. However, just a few weeks back, it has taken a turn for the worse. It hurts to talk. I've lost range and stamina. I do singing lessons for hours at a time, and I've had to reschedule them and haven't been able to teach them because of my voice problems. 

Not really sure what it could be. Undecided

They're saying it could be a vocal cord hemorrhage (rupturing a blood vessel on the vocal cords), but healing these either requires surgery or weeks of complete, total silence. Neither of which is really an option. In which case, I'll be having issues for months before I'll even be close to being back to normal. If it's not a hemorrhage, it could be nodules or otherwise, but that's unlikely given that I am very careful to avoid techniques that cause those.

I talk heavily for my job, so hopefully it's able to hold up. I'll find out in a couple weeks I suppose.
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(June 24th, 2020 at 11:44 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: I hurt my voice several years back. I was very sick for several months straight, and even after getting well, it almost a year for my voice to fully recover. 

Ever since, I've had some trouble. I've become good at working around it and it has improved over time. However, just a few weeks back, it has taken a turn for the worse. It hurts to talk. I've lost range and stamina. I do singing lessons for hours at a time, and I've had to reschedule them and haven't been able to teach them because of my voice problems. 

Not really sure what it could be. Undecided

They're saying it could be a vocal cord hemorrhage (rupturing a blood vessel on the vocal cords), but healing these either requires surgery or weeks of complete, total silence. Neither of which is really an option. In which case, I'll be having issues for months before I'll even be close to being back to normal. If it's not a hemorrhage, it could be nodules or otherwise, but that's unlikely given that I am very careful to avoid techniques that cause those.

I talk heavily for my job, so hopefully it's able to hold up. I'll find out in a couple weeks I suppose.

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Good luck! I hope everything works out for the best.
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Sure do! It's a well kept secret.

I did a Shinedown cover here and a Rush cover (distant early warning) here if you want to get an idea of what I sound like. Ignore about the first 20 seconds of both, they were below my range and didn't sound as good as I would have liked. Finna

The shinedown one was just a karaoke track from online. The Rush cover was a team of us, and we recorded the entire project fully. I did the guitars and the vocals, the other guys did the drums, bass, and keyboards.
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That sounds terrible. Sad I hope it heals quickly for you.
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It has shown signs of improvement this week. It's likely going to take months, but I've been using my voice as little as possible. On the weekends where I'm not using it at all, it is better.

Completely unsure what it is. It's been hard to find an ENT. Whatever is going on likely isn't permanent (this has happened before), but it's still concerning. I've put all lessons on hold, likely for several more weeks.

Vocal damage isn't usually permanent if you catch it early. I've likely been pushing through it for a while and it's just now becoming noticeable. I generally teach people how to vastly expand their vocal range (and also how to push the voice very hard), but there are always limits. This is one of those times where I've hit mine. Finna
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Sorry to hear that - and, I hope it doesn't prove to be serious in the long term.

Glad it's been improving lately, though Smile .
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Another week has past. It's definitely doing better. I no longer feel that there are gaps in my voice, weird holes in my range, or entire octaves where I cannot avoid rasp. It's definitely getting stronger.

I'm very curious what exactly it is, but it appears that me taking a serious break was very important. I still have a ways to go, but I had definitely messed something up. It's improving now.
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