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Can nodules affect your voice?

I have a general question for people who've had surgery on their thyroid and people who have or had nodules.  I've was recently told by a second endocrinologist that I should get my thyroid removed and the three noncancerous nodules (affectionately named Tom, ****, and Harry) that sit on both sides and the top.  First, I told them they'd have to chase me with the knife.  But they I thought about what they said, "If the nodules bother you, then they should be removed."  Now I've had hypothyroidism since I was 8, I'm now 22, and my thyroid is almost useless.  The nodules began growing when I was in high school (2002 maybe) and they've slowed their growth.  One might be growing into another (the perfect nodule!).  Now I've noticed that I must eat food with pills because they get stuck and I'll cough them up painfully.  Air gets stuck down there when I swallow and sometimes I move my thyroid with my hand to burp it up.  If I swallow and turn my neck, there's a popping and or grinding sound sometimes.  If I lay on mhy stomach to study, I oftentimes feel an intense pressure in my neck into my head, as if a nerve or bloodway is being pinched.  

But most of all, I really think my nodules are cutting off my voice.  More precisely my singing voice.  I took plenty of voice lessons and I used to sing in church, chorus, opera, and musicals, and in the shower.  But ever since my nodules blossomed, I've had to sing at lower octaves (when I could really get up there with the Phantom).  And when I go to scream...it comes out a crackly squeak, like velociraptor with laryngitis.  I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this, or have heard of this.  I would get my thyroid removed so I can sing with confidence again, but I am worried it will change my voice, whether speaking or singing.
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I too had the problem of not being able to swallow etc. Sleep was a night mare. Having the thyroid removed will make you feel much better in these issues. It really is an individual thing regarding the voice change. I still can't hit the high notes in Billy Joel's Innocent Man after nearly 11 months! But at least I can breathe without taking huge gulps of air and sounding like an emphysema patient!
Personally I'd rather be without all the horrendous symptoms than have a perfect singing voice. Guess that's the devils deal when it comes to having a thyroid disorder!
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The answer is a definite yes.  I have a 2.6 cm nodule.  One of my first symptoms before even knowing I had a nodule was why was my voice sounding hoarse or really more grovelly (no such word but I created it).  I sound like I have smoked 20 packs of cigs in one day.  Actually, it isn't really that bad but I do experience this most days and some days not.  But after researching this, I realized that nodules press on your laryngeal nerve and this causes the voice to go hoarse.  My endo said "yes" when I asked her and she said she could even hear it in my voice when I speak.  I too am a singer.  I just lost my mood for it lately since I have a neck that looks a bit like a golf ball and I am ever aware that it is there.   I am going to have it removed whether the FNA comes back cancerous or not.  Removal of a thyroid can cause permanent hoarseness if the laryngeal nerve gets affected by the surgery.  Time to start thinking about bringing out the Janice Joplin records - cause that is what we will end up sounding like!  YIKES...   but then again, she made money!
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