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Singing with fused vertabrea

Hey, I just found this site and so I signed up :P After reading some of the forums on here,I feel kind of bad complaining, as I have still never experienced pain from my condition.

I'll give the quick rundown. I was rear-ended a couple years ago at a red light. I received chiropractic care and learned that two of the vertabrea in my neck (I believe it was along the lines of 4 and 5, but not really sure) are fused. The chiropractor told me it shouldn't cause problems and it won't effect too much in my daily life.

I am a singer in a band, and have been singing for about 5 and a half years or so, but only in the past 2 years or so I have received lessons, and even then, few and far between. I mentioned my condition to my vocal coach and she said that it will actually make a big difference, mostly with projecting my voice with the same power that most will do more effortlessly.

So basically I guess what I'm asking for is some advice on how to compensate physically or if anyone here has a similar situation. I know singing is something that takes a lot of time and patience, and I am definitely willing to put in the time to develop my voice. It is sometimes just very discouraging to put in so much effort and see so little progress.


  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 03/05/2013 - 6:22 AM
    If this does not affect your normal life and won't ever cause any issues I am not sure I understand the question ,
    If you mean that you had natural fusion in your neck and all is good no pain , Not sure what your singing has to do with it,

    Will it make you a beter singer ! If someone told you it will then go with it, The power of the mind sometimes can be powerful ,

    I have failed back surgery with nerve damage and wish it would make me a beter guitar player ! But when you can't stand or sit long enough with the guitar without pain geting in the way it's hard to become beter at it,

    Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
    edited 03/10/2013 - 7:43 PM
    Hmmmm. I had c4-5 fused and haven't noticed a difference in my voice.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • I didn't explain this very well :P The chiropractor said it shouldn't affect much, but my vocal coach later told me the opposite, that I will naturally find it harder to project with the same volume as most people. I suppose I already know the answer, it's just take care of my body and keep taking lessons XP I originally posted this at the end of a long practice day and I was feeling very deflated and hopeless. Also, just to specify: I don't just sing around the house, I sing in a progressive rock/alt-metal band, so the style is very demanding and requires very diligent diaphragm support to project loud enough without injuring the voice. It's actually a lot of hard work XP
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