No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

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No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by Mariela77 on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hello! In Dec.08 I had my right thyorid removed and after the biopsy they detected it had cancer so I had to have the other side removed. I just had surgery last week to remove my left thyroid. The surgery went well and all of a sudden I lost my voice! Is this normal?? I sound like "Al Paccino". I went to my dr. and he said that my vocal nerve is fine but to give it time to recover my voice.

 I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem after thyroid surgery?? Please help...i'm scared I will never get my voice back.

 Thanks! Mariela

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by beannut on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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My DH had his second thyroid tissue removal surgery on September 30, 2008.  His vocal cords are undamaged, but the right one didn't move as much as it should.

He has complete use of his voice now.  It got steadily better, but took a couple of months.  The doctor told him not to whisper or shout, but to just use it normally and rest when he got tired.  It would be pretty good in the morning, but by the end of the day he would have more hoarsness.

You have to remember that there is trauma and swelling after the surgery.  If your vocal cords are not damaged, you should be fine soon.

Wishing you the best!!

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by clarke on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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When I had my right side out, I notices some minor voice issues.  I couldn't talk as loudly and I would occasionally lose my voice for a bit. I think it too a month or so to get back to normal.  Not quite 2 months later, I had the other side removed and absolutely no voice issues at all. 

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by Susan52 on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 2/3/2009 Mariela77 wrote:

Hello! In Dec.08 I had my right thyorid removed and after the biopsy they detected it had cancer so I had to have the other side removed. I just had surgery last week to remove my left thyroid. The surgery went well and all of a sudden I lost my voice! Is this normal?? I sound like "Al Paccino". I went to my dr. and he said that my vocal nerve is fine but to give it time to recover my voice.

 I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem after thyroid surgery?? Please help...i'm scared I will never get my voice back.

 Thanks! Mariela


 Hi!  Not to worry, this is a pretty common side effect we all suffer.  Give it a few weeks, it will go away.  I had a real "Marlene Dietrich" thing going on after my surgery....my hubby was hoping it would stick around and we'd be able to market me!   :O)  It didn't.....  Not only was my voice raspy and much deeper....it also was much weaker....for weeks I sounded like I was whispering!  It slowly returned to normal!   SUE

RE: No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by njhawkI on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 2/3/2009 Mariela77 wrote:

Hello! In Dec.08 I had my right thyorid removed and after the biopsy they detected it had cancer so I had to have the other side removed. I just had surgery last week to remove my left thyroid. The surgery went well and all of a sudden I lost my voice! Is this normal?? I sound like "Al Paccino". I went to my dr. and he said that my vocal nerve is fine but to give it time to recover my voice.

 I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem after thyroid surgery?? Please help...i'm scared I will never get my voice back.

 Thanks! Mariela

Mariela,

Your voice will gradually return. You'll be OK. I was very hoarse for two weeks after I had my full thyroid out and it took a few more weeks before I wasn't alternating between Barry White and a pre-pubescent school boy (this 55-year-old white male was really hoping to stay the former) and finally got my normal voice back. Be patient, take care, and liberally indulge in warm green tea and nursing a piece of hard candy (mine was sugar-free). You should be sounding like your old self soon enough.

 Tom

 

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by njhawkI on Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 2/3/2009 njhawkI wrote:

 

On 2/3/2009 Mariela77 wrote:

Hello! In Dec.08 I had my right thyorid removed and after the biopsy they detected it had cancer so I had to have the other side removed. I just had surgery last week to remove my left thyroid. The surgery went well and all of a sudden I lost my voice! Is this normal?? I sound like "Al Paccino". I went to my dr. and he said that my vocal nerve is fine but to give it time to recover my voice.

 I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same problem after thyroid surgery?? Please help...i'm scared I will never get my voice back.

 Thanks! Mariela

Mariela,

Your voice will gradually return. You'll be OK. I was very hoarse for two weeks after I had my full thyroid out and it took a few more weeks before I wasn't alternating between Barry White and a pre-pubescent school boy (this 55-year-old white male was really hoping to stay the former) and finally got my normal voice back. Be patient, take care, and liberally indulge in warm green tea and nursing a piece of hard candy (mine was sugar-free). You should be sounding like your old self soon enough.

 Tom

 

Mariela,

Meant to add that you've had two surgeries in two months, both of which caused trauma (bruising) in the same, very sensitive area around the trachea and vocal chords. My full removal was Dec. 1 and I still feel a slight bump when I swallow. I can't imagine having two of these surgeries in short order.

I'm confident you'll be fine -- it'll just take time to heal and for the internal bruising to go down.

Two

 

RE: No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by Mariela77 on Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 2/3/2009 beannut wrote:

My DH had his second thyroid tissue removal surgery on September 30, 2008.  His vocal cords are undamaged, but the right one didn't move as much as it should.

He has complete use of his voice now.  It got steadily better, but took a couple of months.  The doctor told him not to whisper or shout, but to just use it normally and rest when he got tired.  It would be pretty good in the morning, but by the end of the day he would have more hoarsness.

You have to remember that there is trauma and swelling after the surgery.  If your vocal cords are not damaged, you should be fine soon.

Wishing you the best!!


Thank you so much!!

RE: No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by Mariela77 on Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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Thank you so much for the advice!!

RE: No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by Mariela77 on Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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Thank you everyone for the encourgement!! I feel more at ease with everyone's experience and know that I am not alone.

RE: No Voice after Thyroid Surgery..please help!

by dinparadise on Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:00 AM

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Unfortunately you're going to find that the doctor do not tell you about a lot of things.  You will need to always be one step ahead of them and know some answers before going to your doctors.

I lost my voice, as I knew it, for about 6 weeks after my tt surgery.  I was then hoarse for a very long time.  I am now one year later and my voice gets very tired and worn out by the end of a day and I still get hoarse at times, dry throat, and feel occassional obstructions in my throat.  I have been to my endo, internist, and two ents.  My surgery was "perfect", no vocal cord or throat damage, and I still have persistant problems.

Point being...there are side effects that many of us deal with long after the cancer and surgery is over.  Be prepared and don't be surprised or worried.  Side effects do happen and easy to live with.

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