Hi! This is my first post here since...2006? I used to post here when I was recovering from thyroid cancer. It's been a while.
Anyone else with contact ulcers on their vocal cords? I'm a teacher, so this has been a problem for me on and off for over a decade, but I just completed a course of voice therapy that really seems to help. My voice fatigues a bit more slowly now that I'm practicing what I learned in therapy (fairly religiously though not perfectly) and the ulcer I had from Christmas until late February seemed to be staying off the radar.
Unfortunately I had some kind of nasty upper respiratory virus this weekend, and the attendant coughing has now set it off again. It's not terrible right now, and I am very glad I took 3 days off work (since I didn't have ANY voice for two of those days, it wasn't a difficult choice) but I am determined to nip this sucker in the bud.
I'm thinking of taking some prednisone in the morning (one dose - about 12.5 mg) just to see if it will interrupt the inflammation sufficiently to keep it from going full-on. I can't take another six to eight weeks of pain.
I'm doing a few herbal/nutritional things too. Does anyone have experience here, any suggestions? thanks!