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Thank you so much for your reply. I think you are right about that.
I have always struggled with holding my tension in my shoulders in the past and now I find I clench my jaw and bite down without being aware most of the time. I have to sleep with a mouth guard. Where I struggle to figure out is if now I’m holding more tension there because I have a sore throat or if the sore throat is from the tension.
Right before this happened I went through a traumatic event in my life, which I have always felt was related to this issue.
I’ve been so desperate at times to get my life back, I was willing to try anything to get rid of this awful pain.
The doctor that gave me the surgery for acid reflex did it without proper testing before hand. I was unaware of this at the time but later it was brought to my attention by his nurse. Come to find out I never had “silent acid reflex” like he said. It’s incredibly disappointing that this happens so often to people.
In the past when I was going to voice therapy they mentioned injecting Botox into the muscle in my neck to relax it and see if it helped reduce the pain I’m experiencing.
I consider myself to be pretty level headed and strong individual but I feel like I’m in a whirlwind of always trying to figure out if it’s this or that. Im so tired of disappointment from trying and nothing working. I’m exhausted and it’s taking a toll on me emotionally.

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I understand this. Hang in there. If you can tie this back to happening around a traumatic event in your life-I would trust your intuition.

And ask yourself if you had found a proper way to process the stress/trauma/grief emotion.

If you already tension in neck/jaw/shoulders then pair that with a trauma it can cause more pain.

During that time did you seek help through talk therapy or any way to process the event rather than holding it in? Emotional pain can be just as strong as physical pain and will present in the body.

Medical doctors are terrible at connecting the mind/body. Especially specialists. They focus on one part only like a mechanic.

You will never have a Western Medical doctor ask you about your stress levels, what you do for fun and relaxation. The two are not separate.

Take the voice of a nervous scared person, versus that of a relaxed happy person. You will get two different sounds and projections. If low level tension is repeated it really can cause stress on the throat as well as held in emotion. That’s where we project from.

It’s all connected.

I’m not discouraging you from ruling out pathology, but sounds like you have gone that route and doctors visits are not relaxing and cause more stress.

Have you worked with someone to process your traumatic event and how you handle and hold stress in general?