| | vocal cord/fold weakness with shortness of breath and low chest tightness
I have been on a journey toward getting my singing voice back for about a year. I have been involved in music all of my life and about 15 months ago, after a trip to Europe to sing with my church choir, I developed a cough that lasted for 6 months. I also noticed a marked inability to hold notes when I sang. I had always been able to effortlessly hold a note for a long time, and on perfect pitch and with as much volume as I wanted. I thought that I had asthma, so had a breathing test which was normal. My family doctor prescribed advair to get over the cough and chest cold. The cough went away, but vocally, I continued to deteriorate.
I made several trips to the best ENT in my area and it was discovered that I had a ruptured vocal cord and they speculated acid reflux disease. I began Nexium and prednisone to clear up my ruptured cord and then had a throat stroboscope exam which showed a vocal cord weakness. I began vocal therapy to try to strengthen the vocal tract, and then had an injection of collagen to "beef" up my cord, but I still am having problelms singing. I have also developed a tightness in my lower chest that makes it hard to get a good cleansing, deep breath. Can anyone offer a suggestion as to what to try next, or if you'e had a similair problem. You see singing is my passion, and I am actually pretty much devestated by this. God Bless You All!