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    Old 03-05-2009, 01:28 AM   #1
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    Will my voice ever be normal?

    Hi,
    l have been diagnosed hypothyroid for 3 years now. l was put on levothyroxine meds first but just got worse and worse. Approx 6 months after being diagnosed l had a really traumatic time and within weeks my voice had gone very hoarse. lt was so bad at times that no one could understand me. Also at this time my health deteriorated and l was housebound, unable to walk unaided. So dizzy that l couldn't walk straight, weak, lots of symptoms. l spent my days on the sofa or in bed.
    Changing meds to T4/T3 combo didn't help either, l'm on Armour now. Gradually over the past 2 years l have improved but l still have lingering symptoms. My voice is still hoarse but not as bad as it was, l am able to make my self understood now. But the slightest stress and my voice goes more hoarse and weak and l struggle to be heard. The dizzyness comes back in times of any stress too, no matter how slight the stress is. For instance leaving the house will make me dizzy and disorentated. l feel like l may fall over because of the dizzyness and fogginess, my head feels like it is full of cotton wool and l struggle to keep up with a conversation and what is happening.
    Yet when l am in my own home these symptoms ease off considerably, l'm a changed person.
    Any help on what maybe going on or how to handle it, please?
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    Old 03-06-2009, 08:18 AM   #2
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    Re: Will my voice ever be normal?

    Don't say it's just me, please. Anyone?
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    Old 03-06-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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    Re: Will my voice ever be normal?

    Before I was treated I couldn't talk or sing for long periods of time with out my voice just going. It was odd. When medication began things began to improve slowly. I still couldn't sing like I used to, but the hoarseness went away. It wasn't until I hit 100 mcgs that where my thyroid is estimated to be 80% dead that I could sing and hold a respectable note again.

    My ENT told me Hashimoto's is famous for causing scar tissue and inflammation in and around the throat. Occasionally it interferes with the vocal cords. In these cases the more/louder you talk/sing the more the thyroid is going to become inflamed and cause issues. If I sing too much my thyroid actually aches and my throat begins to hurt.. same with talking.

    Will it ever return to normal? I can not say. Mine has improved as Hashimoto's slows down and my thyroid function is being suppressed.

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    Old 03-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #4
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    Re: Will my voice ever be normal?

    I had the same problem, but the ENT contributed it to LPR (acid reflux). Since going on Nexium, my voice is back and I no longer feel the need to constantly clear my throat.
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    Old 03-07-2009, 09:00 AM   #5
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    Hi, Thanks for replying.
    The inflammation causing voice problems would seem to tie in with what l am experiencing. Even though the endo told me my thyroid had been destroyed by hashi's l guess the scar tissue and inflammation continue.
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    Old 03-07-2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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    Chowz,

    I have Gerd, but mine was and is controlled by Nexium. I was treating it long before vocal issues arose. The reason I am sure it is thyroid in origin is the fact that my thyroid actually HURTs and throbs if I talk/sing too much. It is odd and annoying.

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    Old 03-14-2009, 02:04 AM   #7
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    Hi devonbay, I am suffering from siilar vocal issues and it's a complete nightmare. I have suffered from acid reflux for many years and it's never really been an issue. Recently I develoloped serious problems with my voice and throat and I went to a specialist where I had a gastroscopy done as he felt it that my reflux could possibly be causing the problem. I was put on Protium 40 initially but my GP put me on Protium 20 after about three months(mistake on her part possibly) which has controlled it but I still get reflux from time to time. I have been on protium for 6 months approx but my vocal issues still exist. Basically I have a white coated tonge, and when I speak my throat gets sore, dry and irritated. An ENT examined it and he said there was signs of arytenoiditis but no damage. Do you think that possibly like myself your issues could be GERD related. to be honst i'm finding it very difficult to get a definite diagnosis of whats causing my issues it's so frustrating. This is having a huge negative impact on my life as I am completley dependant on my voice.

     
    Old 03-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #8
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    Hi,
    How awful for you, that so much damage has been caused.

    l don't think mine is caused by gerd, l don't have any problems with reflux. Mine goes hand in hand with my hypot, if l awake feeling poorly then l will be pale, achey and tired and my voice will be very hoarse. On the other hand if it's a good day my voice will be not so hoarse. My hubby can tell if it's a good day for me or not by how my voice is when l say, "good morning" to him.
    My endo says it is to do with the hypot, it's just that l didn't realise it would still be such a problem all this time later.
    People have told me l sound as if l have MS. Because my voice has a quiver in it too.
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