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"If Music be the food of Love, Play on!" -- Wm. Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Sound of Silence

I have been having trouble with my larynx lately. They checked my thyroid. Fine. They checked a couple of other things. Nothing. Then I saw a laryngologist.
He said I had some inflammation at the back of my larynx. He said it was most likely caused by reflux. I already take a proton pump inhibitor, so we also elevated the head of our bed (THAT took some getting used to!), and I try to avoid eating after 8:00 p.m.
I think there is more going on, however. For the past month or so, I have had terrible tension in my shoulders and neck, and pain going throughout both. I think this tension has been translated into my larynx. I have started physical therapy to try to overcome this tension. LadyBug went with me because her left arm hurst and she can't straighten it. Quite the pair, aren't we!
I am about ready to try a 10-day vocal silence. I did this once before, several years ago. It is not an easy thing, but is preferable from always feeling like something is stuck in my throat. I am trying to get a summer job, though, so I'm not sure how this will work. I may just have to do vocal rest instead, and just take it easy on my voice.
For now, I will just say, "                                    ."


Stick said...

" " back at ya.

Delirious said...

The tension in your shoulders could also be caused from stress. You don't have a little stress in your life do you? ;)

Did they manually feel your thyroid? Because blood tests don't show goiters. My thyroid functions normally, but I have large goiters. And the doctor told me that my family members all have a high chance of getting goiters.

Euripides said...

Scary stuff, especially when you depend on your voice for your livelihood. Sending prayers your way.

Nene said...

Hope your code of silence does the trick.