Voice Recovery

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Voice Recovery

by mes4coeurs on Sat Jan 14, 2012 04:30 AM

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How long does it take to get your voice back after TT?  I'm only 10 days out, but the doc made it sound like I should have it back by now.

Do you really get it all back?

RE: Voice Recovery

by MissCyndie on Sun Jan 15, 2012 05:52 PM

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Everyone's different...depends on how close to the voice box they got.  Sometimes, some people always sound like gravel....there's nothing you can do about it.  I am almost 3 yrs. post op but can't yell at anyone....frustrating...but a small price to pay for good health.  Also, when I try to talk for more than five minutes, I get hoarse and have to quit.  So, you see, it all vaires from person to person.

RE: Voice Recovery

by mes4coeurs on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:23 AM

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The 'not being able to yell at anyone' delights my kids to no end.  For me, it means I have to become far more creative.  It also means I can no longer 'interject' or defend myself from being 'talked over'. 

HOWEVER....it's a very, very small price to pay for feeling this much better!! :D

RE: Voice Recovery

by fireweed on Wed Jan 18, 2012 07:01 AM

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The thyroid is very near the recurrent laryngeal nerves which run from your brain, down into your chest and then back up to the vocal cords. During a thyroidectomy, the surgeon's actions may cause those nerves to be affected, often temporarily. When the nerves are stunned, the vocal cord may not work, or maybe work poorly, and this causes hoarse voice, etc. It takes time for the nerve to heal and there isn't necessarily a set amount of time needed.

I can't yell anymore because my right nerve had to be severed in my thryoidectomy (the tumor had surrounded it). Even with a paralyzed vocal cord, I am able to speak and also swallow without aspirating because I am fortunate that the cord is stuck in the medial position. My case is extreme - but wanted to let you know that even for me, things improved to a point of normalcy (well, minus the ability to yell). You may want to consult with an ENT (if your surgeon was not one). They can scope you and also provide you with vocal exercises to improve things.

RE: Voice Recovery

by lovinmylife on Wed Jan 18, 2012 07:33 AM

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I'm wondering the same thing! I can only whisper. I have had alot of problems with getting strangled,which is getting a little better. My tumor was growing into the muscle,so the Dr. had to take a little of the muscle. I'm really worried that I'll never be able to talk above a whisper again!! Doc told me last week that my vocal chords are not working much. He said it may take 5-6 mths. to get my voice back. It's soooo frustrating!!

RE: Voice Recovery

by mes4coeurs on Thu Jan 19, 2012 01:15 PM

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I am encouraged. Suddenly, it seems like things are healing pretty quickly.  Though it never was overtly swollen, the incision still had some thickness to it.  Yesterday morning, I woke up and that thickness is almost gone.  Yesterday, I also noticed how much better I sound.  Still got a good way to go.

Also very encouraging to hear some of the responses here. 

Patience...never really was my strongest suit.

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