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I am a professional singer/saxophonist, and around five years ago I got a sore throat, I had two weddings and I sang at them (as I really didn't want to let the wedding couples down!) then of course my singing resulted in laryngitis for the next two weeks!

I rested my voice and it recovered slowly, but gradually I began to feel a lump in my throat more and more when talking and singing. I went to see two seperate ENT specialists, both gave me the all clear and said I need to drink lots of water and I'll be fine.... I drank 3 litres of water a day, gave up caffine, and it did absolutely nothing for me! Anyway, here i am five years on and my throat is incredibly tight most of the time.

I don't have a raspy voice, it sounds normal, but I just have a lot of tension which increases with vocal use and feels very uncomfortable if I talk or sing too much. I tend to rest my voice a lot, but if I had to use it all day everyday I would be in serious trouble!

I am a non smoker, but I used to sing and play sax in very smoky bars before they introduced a smoking ban in all bars in the UK (in 2007) so I wonder if that affected me, but I think a lot of it is due to stress.

I also I have a really poor bite after a dentist did some dodgy work on my teeth, so I think I tense up my jaw at night, which in turn tightens up the muscles in my throat!

Will be nice to read some other peoples stories here, and exchange ideas on helping voice problems!
Tell us what you would like to get from this site/The Lary Project.... (optional)
Some idea on how to treat this problem, and meet people who understand it, perhaps some who have overcome similar issues!

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At 22:48 on November 7, 2010, Terence McDermott said…
Hi Russell and welcome to The Lary Project and our community section - Voice Problem Support.com

Some of what you say sounds similar to my own experience I must say.

Re treating the problem: have you had voice therapy aimed at relieving tension from a speech therapist specialising in voice? Have you come across any throat massage (called palpations or manipulation)? Managing general tension/anxiety/stress through psychological techniques (eg. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or even supplements helps some - ever tried any of these? We run groups in London which include some of these things. Let me know of you are interested in attending.
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