As some of you know, 5 months post op on my last fusion, my C6 vertebra cracked and I started having problems with "in and out" on my voice. Upon going to my ENT, he felt my hardware was moving. Once I showed him my (at that time) month old x-rays, he modified it to hardware moving due to the C6 vertebra movement. This caused my vocal cords to swell and "bow", and as such affect speech, and at times letting liquids go down the wrong tube if you will!!
Okay, he put me on a steroid pack to see if that brought my voice under control - it did. Once the steroids wore off, the voice started varying based on strain of activities.
Okay, I retired shortly after that, and I found that if I avoided certain positions with my head, and didn't strain my voice, I could almost have a normal voice. If I look even slightly left, or down slightly left, I feel like I have some goobers big thumb pushing on my throat.
Yesterday my voice took a dump again, and for no real reason that I can think of (maybe I slept wrong?). I sound like I have a megga cold, and if I move my head as described above, "what voice" is the result. This ticks me off to no level.
I am going to give this a week and a half, and if it continues, I am going back to my ENT so he can tie in with my surgeon. My surgeon blew off the crack in that it would "self resolve"....well I'm 17 months past when this crap first started, so I am going to take an uneducated guess it didn't "self resolve" at all! I figure too a "peer to peer" between my ENT and the Neurology side of the house will carry more weight than just little ole me! The choke outs have never left, but in the last few weeks they are almost constant! If I use my house phone (normal head position for a phone?) I cough my head off, on my cell, not so bad. I've played with different positions, and it is still definitely a positional situation as it was in the past. Man O man O, this gets old!
Anyways, thanks for listening....My fat vocal cords are back!
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.