Dec 30, 2005 - 10:13 pm
Hello everyone. It has been a while and I hope you are all feeling and doing well.
I would like to know if anyone has experienced the following and if so, can you tell me of your experience and offer any advice?
Apparently I suffered damage to my vocal cords during my July total thyroidectomy. I am unable to speak at times, others no louder than a whisper. Sometimes my voice is okay but not very strong. I have no range and cannot raise my voice at all. I also have difficulty swallowing and cough/gag/choke often.
I have seen two Otolaryngologists in the past two weeks. I was told by one that I have a paralyzed vocal cord and that I must have surgery in order to protect my airway and lungs. He also said that I will not get my normal speaking voice back and will never sing again. (As a singer this news hit me hard.)
I was told by the other that I should have the same surgery but that I need a few other things done as well. He told me that those other things will enable me to have my voice back. This gave me great hope but now I am questioning everything. I do believe in the second doctor as I know the first made a big mistake (identified and scheduled surgery for the wrong vocal cord), and the second doctor is also a renowned surgeon in Boston. But I am afraid of having surgery again for many reasons.
I am seeking a remedy or at least help in alternative medicines. I have recently spoken with a homeopathic nurse who says she cannot help but knows a person who can, using therapies consisting of accupuncture, lasers, magnets, etc. I know it sounds a little off but I would be willing to try it. It's a fraction of the cost of surgery and a far shorter investment in time. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I crazy? Any advice?? Has anyone had the surgery? Are you happy with that decision? Did you get your voice back? Any information is appreciated.
Thanks so much,