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Old 06-23-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

Do I have any hope to get my voice back?
MY ENT told me to wait for 3 months to get my voice back but 3 months passed and I am still very hoarse. Any hope do I have ? any experience and what can I do ? Thank you.

 
Old 06-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Re: More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

My husband is still hoarse 3 months after having his thyroid removed.I have heard that because of internal swelling in the throat area,that it could take up to a year for his regular voice to return.Don't get discouraged.It just may just be a matter of needing time to heal.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

Thank you for responding and I hope your husband's voice will return soon.
I went to see my ENT yesterday and after the scopy looking at my vocal cords, he said my left cord is very weak just like 2 months ago without much improvement. He suggested that i wait for another three months to see any change. If not, He will refer me to another specialist for surgery or injection of collagen that may help recover some of my voice ( up to 50-70%). I feel much frustrated but nothing I can do.
Hope your husband will get his voice soon.

 
Old 06-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Re: More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

I am only 2 weeks after surgery (hemithyroid) and my voice is not only hoarse but very weak. It sounds like I am whispering when I am not. But that's my loudest. I know it's too early to rule out. My Dr. checked my vocal nerve twice already and he said the right side is not moving - which is the side I had my thyroid removed. Although he did mentioned that the nerve was carefully protected during surgery. Perhaps it's because the size of my tumor was big 3.5x3 inches and so it shifted the vocal nerve and now it's trying to get use to the new placement? Oh I hope this is temporary. On top of my vocal issue they found cancer cells in the tumor that was removed. Now I have to go for another surgery to remove the left side as well. But, that can't be done because they don't want to put my vocal nerve at risk. So we all are just waiting to see when my voice will be strong enough to handle the next surgery and then go with the therapy.

 
Old 06-29-2012, 06:18 AM   #5
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Re: More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

I believe you will get your voice back. What you experiece is only temporarily.
Perhaps intubation is the cause of your problem. Since my left vocal cord was damaged, I searched for all information and your problem sounds not really serious to me. What I cannot understand is why your first surgery did not do a total thyroidectomy ? Did your doctor use nerve monitor during the operation ?
I had my TT more than 3 months ago and my voice is very hoarse. When I talked longer or louder, my throat feels sore. I had my vocal cords examined and ENT said my left cord is hardling moving and it appears to be paralyzed. I am losing my hope myself. But as for you, I am sure you will be o.k.

 
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Re: More than 3 months after TT and my voice is still hoarse

Hey Tai -

Don't lose hope! It can take awhile. It's good the left side is moving I have permanent vocal cord paralysis as they had to "sacrifice" my right laryngeal nerve during my TT in 2008 for papillary cancer as the cancer had, as the surgeon explained it, "encased the nerve." Gheesh

It took a good year for my voice to regain any kind of strength. I am lucky that I have had as much voice recovery as I have. Since my right laryngeal nerve will never move again, even the specialists couldn't tell me whether my voice would recover or not. You've got the nerves intact so your odds of recovery are good! Have you talked to your doctor about speech therapy? That can be very helpful. Just wanted to encourage you in your recovery. Hang in there!

 
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