I am a 73 year old female and I lost my voice 16 months ago. It was the first symptom of lung cancer. I have had chemo and radiation and am now in remission but still have no voice. I speak in a whisper. I recently had an appointment at the voice clinic. Voice therapy is out of the question but the doctor told me that I was a good candidate for collagen injections into the paralysed cord. I have ben told that the other benefits of having this done are:
(1) improved breathing
I have shortness of breath all the time except when at complete rest
(2) improved swalllowing
I choke very easily when I swallow, especially on water. Sometimes I am just sitting still and I will choke on my own saliva. My muscles are sore from coughing and choking.
(3) more energy
I use a lot of energy breathing, choking, and coughing.
(4) improved voice
If I end up with 1, 2 and 3 I have to place improved voice at the bottom of the list as the first 3 are so important my life would change significantly.
I have agreed to have the injections and am waiting for my appointment to have it done.
My question is - has anyone had these injections and, if so, what improvements have you experiernced.
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