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Old 07-07-2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

VOICE LOSS FOLLOWING THYROID SURGERY!!!!

Please give me HOPE!!!! It has now been almost 7 months since my thyroid surgery in December and my voice is still just a whisper. I am very discouraged and would appreciate hearing from anyone else who has been here. Thank You

 
Old 07-08-2005, 03:07 AM   #2
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

I am so sorry you are suffering with this! I am not a thyroid surgery person, but I just wanted to let you know someone else cares! If I were you, I would have a good talk with my doctor and or surgeon. Hope this helps.

 
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Old 07-08-2005, 03:52 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear of your problem. I hope this helps, In the mid 70's I had one side of my thyroid removed. I lost my voice for about one year. I too talked in a whisper and I was raising two kids, 3 and 5 I got their attention with a whisle. Any way my voice did come back. Some days I sound like a have a cold and it cracks but everyone can hear me. Talk to your doctor. Good luck
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Old 07-08-2005, 07:23 AM   #4
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

you need to see an Ear nose and throat doctor specifically a Otolaryngologist (sp) they specialize in voice problems, they can run test to see if you have nerve damage and to what extent.
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Old 07-08-2005, 09:22 AM   #5
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going thru. A friend of mine had her second side of her thyroid removed, and one of her vocal chords is paralyzed--for 6 weeks since. People have been giving her different advice, but her surgeon is sure that no nerves were nicked or damaged and is still encouraging.

What has your surgeon said? If you haven't already, I hope you might consider going to a major University hospital, and like the last person said, see a top otolarngologist---maybe there's something that could be done to help you.

 
Old 07-08-2005, 09:40 AM   #6
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

dottie so sorry, i know what ur goin thru, i had a tt in dec as well and lost my voice for only 3 months couldn't cough or swallow liquids,breathing was hard to do. ask your dr. about laryngeal nerve injury, it sounds like something has been cut if it has been that long, can u breathe ok? was your thyroid enlarged?keep us posted.

 
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Old 07-08-2005, 09:42 AM   #7
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ps. do see a specialist, there is hope.

 
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Old 07-13-2005, 02:23 PM   #8
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MY WONDERFUL SUPPORT TEAM HERE ONLINE.
I have just been diagnosed with Vocal Fold paralysis at the best hospital in Georgia, Emory in Atlanta, Ga. This was due from the surgery for my Left Thyroid Gland in December 2004. The good news is that there is help for me. I will be undergoing surgery in August to have the vocal fold injected with a collagen that will temporarily correct my problem until we can see if my vocal cord heals on its on. It is very discouraging to not be able to communicate with my family without sounding airy and breathy.
Again, Thank you for the support and encouragement. I will keep you updated on my progress.
Dottie

 
Old 07-13-2005, 04:27 PM   #9
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

I had my surgery June 16 and had an injury to one of my vocal cord nerves. I couldn't swallow liquids but now can but I am concerned that my voice shows almost NO improvement. Should I be concerned yet? Should I ask about voice therapy now?

 
Old 08-20-2005, 09:32 PM   #10
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

I havent had thyroid surgery but I had a nissen fundoplication. There were complications and my esophagus was perforated. My scar Ive been told resembles that of someone who has had thyroid surgery. I also noticed once I left the hospital, a week later, that I could not sing or yell. Its been 9 monts and my problem continues. In fact its gotten a bit worse. There are voice teams that can help you. I am trying to find one closer to where I am at right now. I have found someone who was able to diagnose my problem of a dislocated arytenoid and paralyzed vocal fold. He feels with voice and speech therapy I can overcome my problem. There are also surgical approaches but he's conservative. I encourage you to find a vocal team. There are reputable ones out there If you are interested I could recommend a couple on the east coast who you might be able to contact and they might be able to find one closer to you.

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Old 09-14-2005, 07:45 AM   #11
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I had a total thyroidectomy about three years ago. My voice was hoarse for about three months. The first month or more after surgery, I'd lose my voice by the end of the day. I still get hoarse now and then, especially when I strain my voice by talking too much.

Try not to strain your voice, but in the meantime, go see an ENT so he can make sure you have no nerve damage to your voice box.

Good luck,
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Old 12-18-2006, 01:37 PM   #12
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

Hi I just had my gel foam injection 3 days ago after having a paralized vocal cord from cervical spine surgery. Tell me what your experience is and where are you now with your voice? Did it come back? do you go for speech therapy? You seem to be the only one who can give me first hand answers.

Trust me I know about th e lack of communication and the choking and the breathing!

 
Old 12-19-2006, 03:00 PM   #13
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

Dottiex2

I'm so glad you were finally diagnosed and I pray your voice will be completly restored.

I to know what many are going through. I 'm the one who have the giant substernal thyroid removed Dec 2005 (over a year later) and I'm still having problems with extending my voice or singing (along with other problems). I am going back to see the Laryngologist tomorrow for an EMG nerve study and I will keep you posted on the results.

Be encouraged.


 
Old 12-19-2006, 07:34 PM   #14
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

We'll all be looking forward to hearing how the injection works for you. How long will the effects last? How soon might you know if it's going to heal on it's own?

Best of luck to you in hopes that your voice is bigger and better in no time!

I had my surgery on October 13, 2006. My voice is a little scratchy if I'm tired or have been talking a lot. My singing is worse than ever - my family is sorry to say! I don't notice it as much as other people do. People are constantly asking if I'm sick or have laryngitis.

Lisa

 
Old 12-22-2006, 03:46 PM   #15
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Re: Voice Loss After Thyroid Surgery

Well here we go. My EMG showed that I have weakness to the vocal cords or paresis which is a result of some nerve damage to the vocal cords during surgery, which is a risk when having thyroid surgery. It's too bad that it took over a year of many office visits, numerous specialty Dr.'s, medications and test along with lots of money in co pays for this to be confirmed.

The Laryngologist has suggested injections of fat in to the vocal cord to strengthen it. The fat would come from my stomach. There is also another surgery that can be also be done on the vocal cords. I have chosen not to have any more surgery. I'm going to do the voice therapy and physical therapy on my neck which is still real tight.

My life is completely in the hands of God and I trust him for my complete recovery. I believe that I will sing again and be able to extend my voice with the help of God.

Please keep us posted on other results.

Have a blessed Christmas

 
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