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Thread #114088   Message #2431670
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
05-Sep-08 - 06:56 AM
Thread Name: My voice is heavily damaged! HELP!
Subject: RE: My voice is heavily damaged! HELP!
You really must consult an expert. It sounds as though you have strained your vocal cords from over-use and perhaps (?) also from singing wrongly (forcing volume and register etc.). Musical theatre unfortunately can be a notorious voice-damager because it encourages a "belting" style. Very dramatic and effective, but it wears out the vocal cords, fast. One problem is that they develop nodes, which are like calluses. These are very hard to get rid of and can require surgery.

Really, as your doctors have already said, resting it is the only answer. If you have a tickly cough you are probably causing further harm by constant throat-clearing. I know it's a horrible choice, but I really think you will have to decide between your job and your voice. You also have to get a professional - a doctor who is also a voice specialist, not just a GP - to tell you whether the damage is permanent or not, because after enough abuse, it can be.

I really wish I could write pleasanter advice but this is the truth. There are a number of other helpful threads on Mudcat about voice problems. If you click on the link below you can read a similar one, and then look at the links in blue at the head of the page, which will bring up other related threads:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=88583

The very best of luck to you - do please get medical help, and come back and let us know how you get on.

Bonnie