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trouble getting words out

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Jan 12, 2020 | Replies (10)

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@jakedduck1

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Hi Teresa,
Do you know why your vocal cord became paralyzed? Do you cough or have breathing issues problems eating?
Is your speech pathologist helping you?
Take care,
Jake

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It is considered idiopathic, @jakedduck1. That means they are not sure why. I had surgery 5 years ago at Cleveland Clinic and a Silastic implant was put in the paralyzed cord which helps it close up with the other cord. I have a stronger voice now, I don't choke as easily when eating, however, I still do need to eat slowly and chew food more than typical. I still can choke on occasion but basically much better than before the surgery.

Prior to the surgery, I sounded like I had laryngitis by about 1 p.m. Now I only sound that way if I get very tired.

Yes, speech therapy does help as well as singing. I also use a device that helps strengthen the cords.