Voice Problem Support

community for people with voice problems started by The Lary Project

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my story of spasmodic dysphonia

Hi everyone ! 

i am 30 years old and was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia 2.5 years ago. I only recently discovered i was diagnosed with this awful condition a month ago as i went to the doctors for a self referral for speech therapy. I was relieved as for 2.5 years i felt like i was going in sane or crazy or people thought it was in my head or even putting it on. 

I have also done research on spasmodic dysphonia and looked into botox…


Added by millie on May 6, 2015 at 15:12 — 2 Comments

Botox is good - so far

Hello - new here today.  Self-diagnosed SD about 2 yrs - have had voice problems since 2009.  SD confirmed, and after some delay I have had botox injections, 3 weeks ago tomorrow.  All good so far, would say voice went from 2/10 to 8/10, tho is still weak in the evenings, or after talking a lot on the phone.  Marvellous though to be able to just talk, without the strain, or funny looks.

Has anyone had any success with Jerome Swart's post-botox methods?

Added by Dennis O'Leary on June 11, 2014 at 0:02 — No Comments

Loss of Identity due to loss of voice

There are many conditions, which can cause loss of voice (permanent or temporary), such as throat cancer, polyps, papilloma, psychogenic issues and trauma. Our voice is such a crucial part of who we are and how we express ourselves. It plays a major role in building relationships at home and at work and is a big part of our identity. The loss of the ability to express yourself vocally can lead to feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, loss of identity and depression.

Someone who is…


Added by Avraam on March 26, 2014 at 18:45 — No Comments

Help please!!!!

Hi,Billy here and i am a brand new member and just feeling around in the dark for help to my problem,hoping there is someone out there who can shine a light and take me forward.Up until 2 years ago i had been singing professionally for around 20+years,successfully and without any major problems.Around a year before i had to stop, i started to develop a very strange feeling whilst singing,like in my head and body i was doing everything by the book like i always did but my breathing and voice…


Added by WilliamMcLauchlan on December 11, 2013 at 1:46 — 11 Comments

Air cavalry soldiers continue tradition in Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, has a long and proud history that spans nearly a century. Its long history includes campaigns in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq. The Soldiers of 2-17 CAV are currently on their next rendezvous with destiny at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.

Task Force Saber provides air support for Nuristan, Nangrahar, Kunar and Laghman provinces. Covering this area brings close air support, reconnaissance…


Added by bnhg on January 21, 2013 at 6:19 — No Comments

Good voice news!

I thought I would share my latest news as I hope you will be interested and I'm just so relieved. During late 2010 and to mid-2011, I developed a nasty contact granuloma which recurred in April and June. I could barely speak and had to take a lot of time off work - and I totally depend on my voice, working as a management consultant. The final operation in July 2011 resolved the problem with a dose of Botox, however my voice remained really quiet, tired easily, I couldn't cope with noisy…


Added by Thomas Fuller on August 24, 2012 at 21:06 — 1 Comment

Contact Granuloma

I thought it was about time I got around to telling my story - partly to see who else out there has had similar experiences and also to provide a positive message to others. It's almost a year to the day that I was diagnosed with a contact granuloma, my voice had got progressively worse over about 6 weeks, to the point where I couldn't really talk at all. Several trips to the GP were getting me nowhere and I was lucky enough to have private medical insurance so I saw my local ENT specialist…


Added by Thomas Fuller on December 14, 2011 at 21:38 — 5 Comments

Uk's first Singer Support Group for pre/post op singers

First of all I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone here at VPS.


I am now back singing again full time since my vocal op in April of last year. I still don't have my full range back and have to work with specific vocal exercises on a daily basis. Thankfully I have enough range to sing on performances without causing me any major problems which is wonderful almost a year on.


During my lengthy period off work I spent some time thinking about the lack of…


Added by Sophie Katrina Garner on January 3, 2011 at 19:29 — No Comments

Have added some photos from the first ever support group meeting!

Have added some photos from the first ever support group meeting!

Added by Akiko Hart on October 1, 2010 at 19:44 — No Comments

Vocal Op Vlog's and other updates

Hello all,

I have just got around to adding all my blogs pre and post op. I hope you enjoy them. They are a very honest 'warts and all' account of my experience. I will be adding more videos in the coming weeks including: Filming of my rehab seessions at Northwick Park hospital with Claire Wells and my own advice and tips on voice care and exercises I have found helpful both as a patient and vocal teacher, this will include Accent Method.

I have also just written an article… Continue

Added by Sophie Katrina Garner on September 14, 2010 at 14:56 — 2 Comments


Did anyone see Kay Russell on BBC Breakfast this morning? She is trying to raise awareness of Foreign Accent Syndrome.

It was good to see the message going out that having a different sounding voice has a huge impact on how you feel about yourself.

Added by Hazel on September 13, 2010 at 17:56 — No Comments

Post nasal drip and voice problems.

If you have a chronic sore throat and hoarse voice, have you ever thought of post nasal drip (dripping of mucous and collection of mucous at back of throat?). Here are some useful links:



Added by Terence McDermott on July 30, 2010 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Tea

My tea for chronically inflamed larynxes (which can be caused by lots of things such as reflux, strain, etc...) has evolved. I now add one teaspoon of slippery elm powder to an opened capsule of marshmallow, add to hot water and stir in some honey. It tastes so much better than just marshmallow and should work better since slippery elm is supposed to be good for the GI tract and sore throats. Will let you know how I get on!

Added by Terence McDermott on July 29, 2010 at 11:38 — 2 Comments

Appeal to all....

I would very much like to develop the On the QT guide on the lary.org.uk website (http://www.lary.org.uk/on-the-qt). On the QT is designed to be a directory of voice problem friendly venues - bars, restaurants, hotels, etc... Finding places where we can socialise with a reasonable level of comfort is surely one of the holy grails for people with voice problems!

I would really appreciate people sending me reviews of places they've…


Added by Terence McDermott on July 20, 2010 at 22:42 — No Comments

Laryngospasm/ VCD

Last year I had a couple of 'attacks' where my throat felt like it completely closed and I could not breath. They were very scary and I even ended up in A&E after one of them. The cause was diagnosed as an overtired vocal chord, and I was told this was a laryngospasm. Last night I woke up unable to breath, it felt like my throat had collapsed and I was really scared. After sitting up I could feel my throat opening again, and I started to breath :-) Needless to say I was too scared to lay… Continue

Added by Janet Taplin on July 15, 2010 at 9:34 — 1 Comment

Telephone amplifiers

After spending ages online I'm admitting defeat! I'm trying to find an telephone amplifier. Sounds simple doesn't it? But all the ones I find are the wrong way round, they all amplify the other person's voice not mine. Am I looking up the wrong thing? Is this a gap in the market? [I wish I was more of an enterpreneur if that's the case] How do other people manage using the phone?

Added by Hazel on July 8, 2010 at 20:29 — 5 Comments


Hi all, sorry been very quiet recently (haha) but back in action now - not a lot of time to do a proper post but wanted to say hello to you all and will post properly next week, QV xx

Added by Quiet voice on July 7, 2010 at 17:09 — No Comments

Emotions and the voice

One of the contributors at the latest Lary Project support group meeting was Jacob Lieberman. He is a psychotherapist and osteopath specialising in the larynx. An important point he reminded us all of was the role of emotion in the voice.

I think it's an important thing to remember. A "new age" lady (forgive the pigeon-holing!) once said to me that the throat is the emotional spaghetti junction of the body. Certainly what many say about their voice problems bears this…


Added by Terence McDermott on June 23, 2010 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Before we forget... here is my very abridged summary of laryngeal manipulation exercises covered today... Let me know if you think I've got it wrong...

Anyone who did not attend today's session, please do not try these without instruction from a suitably qualified voice professional.

a. stick you tongue out slightly between your teeth (relaxes jaw, lowers larynx?)

b. stick thumb into hollow under chin (under tongue area) and circle with some pressure (relaxes jaw, lowers larynx?)

c. extend lower jaw so lower teeth stick out (like an underbite). Now take hands and place on face like with…


Added by Terence McDermott on June 19, 2010 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

One year on...

1 year on…

About 4 1/2 months after my operation my voice finally started to stabilise. I found I could shout out if I needed to and I started to sound like my old self again. At my next ENT appointment my chords were filmed

‘in action’ The disappointing news was that my left chord was still pretty

immobile sitting across my larynx, but the good news was that my right chord

was growing stronger and compensating for the…


Added by Janet Taplin on June 11, 2010 at 21:00 — 1 Comment



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