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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 527
   Posted 4/1/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
  about 4 yrs ago, I went to my ENT Dr....w "hoarseness"...no cold or sore throat.
He put that scope down my throat...told me to make sounds w my voice & said..i had..."unilateral vocal cord paresis" !    One of my vocal cords was not closing properly...not "paralyzed"...but weakened!
He wanted  me to get a CT Scan..with dye...to rule out polyps.
The CT scan...was very thorough!  My head..neck..nose....throat..lungs.
The results were "negative"...no polyps or growths.
He said this is not uncommon....."unilateral IDIOPATHIC Vocal cord paresis".
"Idiopathic"...of course meaning....the cause not known..(Could be from "trauma"....viral)-  But..told me not to worry.  
I see him...from time to time.......for other things (Sinus...cough...GERD)---
Anyway---I have gotten recurences of this problem...from time  to time.
It's more annoying than anything--lasts 2 or 3 days...just SLIGHT hoarseness....but..it still worries me..(My wife works at the Hospital..in Medical Records...told me Dr. took appropriate tests...& not to worry)--   I do "searches on internet...& it seems that this condition with NO apparent cause..is NOT uncommon.
Anyway---just wanna share & ask....if ANYONE ELSE...here on HW....has this "Vocal Cord Paresis"......w no known cause!  IF so--PLEASE...post & let me know....I'd feel better..just being able to communicate...to someone else who has this condition-  Thanks--Hoping to hear!  (I did not know..where else to post this--but i figured....it was the "closest"..forum--
Thanks...to all for reading this....& I HOPE at least 1 or 2 respond--Regards--Robert

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 7/20/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting raspy voice, hoarseness and or losing my voice completely off an on over the last five and a half years and have seen several doctors to try and figure out why and the cause since this interferes with my job. I was just diagnosed last week with hiatal hernia and my esopaghous muscles are not working properly. To top this off couple weeks ago I was diagnosed with my right side of my voice box muscle is "weak and not working properly" and now have to go to voice therapy. Keep seeing drs until it is figured out what is wrong and why.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/20/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Wotan,

I do not have this problem but I am so sorry to hear you do.  I know someone will be along that can identify with your issues and give you some good advice.

I just want to drop in and let you know I support you.

Kind Regards,



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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 7/20/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I've lost my voice several times over the years sad  . I do have moments of horseness when I start to speak after not talking for awhile eyes  . My Gerd doctor says my vocal cords are getting scorced by acid reflux spill over smhair . I used to sing in church choir, but now I can't get my voice to hold a note cry . I hope you can get yours under control. I personally am looking into Esophyx procedure to help me, but there is only two who do it in my state. One who lives 2 hours away and one who lives 5 hours away. The two hour away doc is totally new at it. I'm still waiting to hear from the 5 hour doctor he seems more experienced.
good luck,
Joy yeah
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