questionshave you ever damaged your vocal cords?

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Whispering is the worst thing you could do...next to yelling. Instead of your vocal folds vibrating to make sound, when you whisper they basically bang up against each other. At least that's what my old theatre professor told me.

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When I had surgery, some DD put the breathing hose down the incorrect way and bruised my chords and larynx something fierce. I swear it hurt worse than what I had operated on.

@rprebel: Thanks for telling me something I didn't know. Google'd it and you're correct - it is bad.

Warm salt water, hot tea, lemon, apple cider vinegar or honey seem to alleviate some of the pain for me.

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I've done a lot of singing and have abused my vocal chords at times like you can't imagine. I've spent a lot of money with doctors, vocal coaches and even massage therapists. What I've learned is this, the best thing you can do for them, is keep your pie-hole shut! :)

Seriously, talk as little as possible. Stay hydrated, by drinking lots of water and herbal tea. Also, take the time to get as much rest as your schedule allows. Some will say gargle with saltwater, but honestly, that has never helped my vocal chords. A sort throat? Yeah, but that's different.

Take care and I hope you are feeling better soon!

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I better just move along. Nothing to see hear. Keep moving. No jokes even come to mind. Next thread. Keep moving.

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@rprebel: That's very interesting, I would have never thought that. I'll keep it in mind.

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@happyknappybeard: My throat didn't hurt, but I was coughing something awful, really bad tickle. It's been over two and a half months now and it's still not back to normal and it's frustrating.

I do drink a lot of water, which is a good thing. Thanks for your advice.

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@loubriccant: That's what bothers me the most about this. I can talk (although I sound like a heavy smoker), but when I sing? I sound like a boy reaching puberty. Alfafa from the Our Gang series comes to mind.

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It would be really hard for me to rest it all the way, I bet my husband would love it. I will try to keep from talking any more than I need to (hard to do, my mom used to call me "gabby").

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@gthuffines: Good idea. If you did, I'd have to give you the old stinkeye.

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I took a hockey puck to the throat in goal once. Luckily it wasn't a solid rubber one for ice hockey but it still made my voice sound funny for a month or so. No advice though, sorry.

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I got to the point that I was so hoarse that I couldn't speak in the Army. It was at that point that I learned diaphragmatic projection. It made all the difference in the world.

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@dcalotta: If it's not considerably better next month, I will. Since everything I've read says a couple of months, I'll give it three.

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@apocello42: Ow! All I had was a tube and a camera.

You're very lucky it wasn't worse.

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@matt1976: I had to google "diaphragmatic projection".

I hope I can try it sometime.

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@wootmeharder: If you're doing damage, there's something wrong with you. Best see a doctor.

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my ex wife did but that's a whole other story......

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@lisaviolet: It probably doesn't apply to you, but it may help? I dunno, maybe you can 'jury rig' something with it.

Hope you heal up quickly.

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@lisaviolet: I cannot urge you strongly enough to seek the opinion of a ENT prior to following adivce on message boards.

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@klozitshoper: that's who I'm planning on calling next month.