I am 34 years old, 2 kids. Struggling to quit smoking (I've been an on/off smoker for 14 years). I used to sing semi-professionally - I put myself through school doing back up vocals for commercials.
Anyway, 2 years ago I noticed a change in my voice. My range was shrinking - I was losing the high and low notes. Now I have completely lost all ability to sing - I get a two-toned note, almost like I'm singing 2 notes at the same time and it's raspy.
This is accompanied with increasingly bad sore throats, not responding to antibiotics. I've been to my doc 6 times for a sore throat that never goes away.
She finally made an appointment for an ENT. My lymph glands are swollen.
In addition I have a sour almost acidic taste in my mouth so I chew gum constantly.
Also, although this may be completely unrelated, my tongue feels too big for my mouth. I have really sore teeth because I feel like my tongue is constantly pushing on them.
I don't care if I can't sing anymore, I just want to make sure I'm healthy.
My appointment is next week. I am now starting to REALLY freak out that it may be cancer. I'm not normally a worry wort or a hypochondriac, but this is scaring me to death.
Any ideas on my symptoms? Any support?
Thanks in advance.