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Voice - hoarse, subdued, sluggish / requires more effort to speak

Posted by @voice6, Sep 12, 2017

Wondering if there are others with similar symptoms. I have always since childhood had a sore-throat feeling, difficulty swallowing the too mucus that gets produced maybe from nasal discharge or god knows, I have frequent canker sores, sensitivity of throat to certain liquids like vinegar, lemon, etc. All these symptoms have followed me into adulthood plus now I have developed a hoarse voice. Only sleeping at night helps. On waking up in morning, I frequently wet my throat (drink sips of water roughly every 15-30 mins) which is helpful till about Noon, after which voice becomes subdued and its difficult to speak (it requires more effort formulating speech, more energy and more focus to speak), as if my “voice” becomes seriously lethargic/fatigued with a altered pitch/sound. Compounding the issue is that I am a Stutterer as well.

I need to research as much on the issue myself, so I could assist my docs, cause otherwise I feel my symptoms are just too complex. A local ENT doc diagnosed it as LPR (after examining voice organs through a probe), though now it seems this might not be LPR after all. I have chronic belching/burping, and wondering if anyone experiences hoarse voice as a result of maybe excessive burps/belching? or maybe incorrect breathing patterns? symptoms like me where in morning you are ok, but during mid-day you become hoarse and sluggish?

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Just to clarify: Primary symptom is hoarse and a muffled voice. I think the other symptoms like more effort/energy required to speak are the secondary symptoms which I suspect are driven by the primary symptom. This really sucks, since apparently I’m physically active, lean, eat good food, and no bad habits, very positive outlook on life, grateful, but my voice and my speech symptoms people that are just getting to know me find it harder to correlate with what I describe. I really hope there are lots of others out there with my symptoms, so I can better understand it all.

Hello @voice6!. I’m sorry to hear you have been suffering with voice issues.

Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect and thank you for posting about this topic!

I would like to introduce you to other members here on connect who have discussed voice issues. Please meet @debbredin, @deborahe and @marydwyer51– while these members don’t have exact symptoms as you..some are similar and I hope they join the conversation. Maybe they have some tips or tricks to share with you!

While we wait for other members to join conversation here is some information on voice disorders from the Mayo Clinic http://mayocl.in/2x3f3Sg.

@voice6, Have you spoke with your physician in regards to seeing a voice therapist? or changing your diet? and whether or not decreasing salt would help to thin mucus? or have you talked about consulting an Allergist if it’s allergy related?

@voice6

My heart goes out to you – I understand the symptoms you are experiencing! I was diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord 4 years ago and had surgery 3 years ago. Up until that time I had a very coarse, rough-sounding voice and tremendous fatigue mid-day from trying to talk. After the surgery and then speech therapy my quality of life (and voice) is much improved.

Has speech therapy been recommended? If not, please inquire about a referral. It is amazing what speech therapists can do.

Will you keep us posted as to how you are doing?

Teresa

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@voice6

My heart goes out to you – I understand the symptoms you are experiencing! I was diagnosed with a paralyzed vocal cord 4 years ago and had surgery 3 years ago. Up until that time I had a very coarse, rough-sounding voice and tremendous fatigue mid-day from trying to talk. After the surgery and then speech therapy my quality of life (and voice) is much improved.

Has speech therapy been recommended? If not, please inquire about a referral. It is amazing what speech therapists can do.

Will you keep us posted as to how you are doing?

Teresa

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Sorry, but I am just now seeing your September posts and replies. You did a great job of sharing your symptoms and I think I can suggest some things that might be helpful. If you could post an update on how you’re doing now and anything you’ve done to get further evaluated it would be great. I hope that you’ve found a doctor who can not only properly diagnoses you but give you a treatment plan that addresses your issues.

Hello @voice6

We would enjoy hearing from you with an update on your voice problem.

Are you feeling better? Do you have a treatment plan in place now?

Teresa

Oh, gosh, your symptoms sound familiar to me. For many years I have had a problem with excess mucous in my throat. I am constantly clearing it. I always felt it was some sort of constriction, straight back, which I could touch. I have contacted ENT doctors and had esophograms . Everyone says there is nothing wrong… Ok, then, explain this.. Many years ago I took Primatene, which is a bronchodilator. Some may consider this "speed". Well, I felt great. My voice was very strong. No effort at all. I was relaxed and alert. My throat felt very open. This was a one-time result, though. I have tried it since and no real effects.
I constantly have a tight feeling in my upper chest, and throat. I end up speaking haltingly, and have to stop to get a breath. Everyone says there is nothing wrong. Baloney. Why am I still complaining, then, after 25 years? I need to resolve this issue. Thanks for listening.

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