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I have lost my voice for about 2 months now. What could be the cause of this and can I lose it permanantly?

Asked by davenovoice (4points) December 4th, 2009

I originally lost my voice after a long night of smoking cigarattes, drinking and shouting over loud music. Normally when I go out partying I will lose my voice for the following day and it will return on the next. However my voice has not come back and has been extremely raspy for about 2 months

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BraveWarrior's avatar

I’d go to an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat specialist) ASAP.

ModernEpicurian's avatar

I hate to be judgemental but.. you fool :-P

Go to a Doctor, just as you should have done a month ago!

arpinum's avatar

You may have spasmodic dysphonia. Scott Adams of Dilbert fame had this. Here is a wired story on it.

Of course this is something that your doctor need to know about and it could be a number of issues.

smack's avatar

It may have something to do with nodules on your vocal chords.

Hope it helps :)

trailsillustrated's avatar

have a a thyroid panel done

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

2 months?! have you been scared to check it out? or what?

Christian95's avatar

maybe laryngitis?

hug_of_war's avatar

There are quite a few conditions that can affect the vocal folds – some more serious than others. But you should not be risking a more serious condition, see a doctor.

Jeruba's avatar

@arpinum, fascinating story and GA.

nitemer's avatar

See a D.O.

hearkat's avatar

@nitemer: Not all Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are qualified to evaluate voice disorders, the same is true of Medical Doctors (M.D.). However, Otolaryngology or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists (can be M.D. or D.O.) are.

@davenovoice: Hello, I am an Audiologist, who works in an ENT practice and has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology. It is not typical that a night on the town would cause you to lose your voice for that long.

You really need to see an ENT and have them examine you through a scope. You’ve already waited to long. Hopefully it’s nothing, but you can’t get an accurate diagnosis or appropriate treatment without an evaluation from a qualified professional. Good Luck!

avvooooooo's avatar

Are you kidding? You’re on the internet asking questions instead of going to a doctor? Seriously?


lfino's avatar

@avvooooooo, not that asking all of us questions for a potentially serious issue was better than seeing a doctor, I’m guessing that davenovoice is probably terrified of going to the doctor for this, and maybe asking all of us first is the baby step that will lead to going to the doctor??? @davenovoice, you will be going to the doctor now, right? Do you have a physician? If you don’t, there are still other options of getting health care.

avvooooooo's avatar

@lfino There are way too many people out there using Q&A sites as an alternative to health care. There are way too many people having potential heart attacks, strokes, who knows what that sit on the internet and ask medical questions instead of doing the only thing that makes sense and seeking medical treatment. It never fails to amaze me how people are trying to use the internet as a substitute for necessary medical care. This should not be happening. Even indigent people can get health care at their nearest, its why everyone else gets to pay such high bills for medical care. I’ve already paid for @davenovoice to go get this checked out if he can’t pay for it. There’s no reason not to go.

lfino's avatar

@avvooooooo, I totally agree with you that people use websites as their primary health care way too often. That’s why there’s so many that keep popping up, because they’re so popular. And I’m not saying that it’s right. All I was saying is that sometimes people ask a forum like this ahead of time so they have an idea of what answers to expect when they do go to a doctor. Kind of like a preview.

Flo_Nightengale's avatar

Have you seen a doctor YET?

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