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    Wise. Question about vocal cords

    I don't expect this to be your specialty but was wondering if you or anyone could help.

    Well the initial injury was from a car accident where a road sign came through the window and hit me in the throat, breaking my neck and also severing my vocal cords. I honestly expect to be walking before talking. Just wondering... Any thoughts?
    And also I have very little arm movements and no finger movement, so I can't do that thing where people have to cover the trach hole and burp /talk at the same time. I also don't know if I would want to take my voice box out


    Do you know anything that can help
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    luna - How frustrating this must be for you. Do you know if the nerves to your vocal cords were cut or damaged in your car accident? They are the recurrent laryngeal nerves. Do you know if a doctor has looked at your voice box with a mirror or a little scope to see if the vocal cords are working? Do you have a tracheostomy? When people put their finger up to their trach tube to talk, they are forcing air to go through voice box in order to speak. But that requires a functional voice box. I wonder how injured your voice box is. The people who 'burp talk' are those who had their voice box removed for cancer. They have a little hole from their trachea to their esophagus. They force air to go from their trachea to their esophagus and then belch talk - has anyone said that is an option for you?

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    yeah, the nerves were cut. Many specialists have scoped my vocal cords in Miami and tampa am they are halfway open and paralyzed in a position like an upside down V. I have a trach hole but don't need the tracheotomy tube to breathe.
    I will ask my Mom to comment on this thread as she is my primary caregiver and might have something to add

    I just haven't had them explored in a while and was just wondering if there were any advances in surgical procedures or what not... Just checking
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunasicc42 View Post
    I don't expect this to be your specialty but was wondering if you or anyone could help.

    Well the initial injury was from a car accident where a road sign came through the window and hit me in the throat, breaking my neck and also severing my vocal cords. I honestly expect to be walking before talking. Just wondering... Any thoughts?
    And also I have very little arm movements and no finger movement, so I can't do that thing where people have to cover the trach hole and burp /talk at the same time. I also don't know if I would want to take my voice box out


    Do you know anything that can help
    Lunasicc,

    I am aghast by your injury. Let me do some research on the subject and see if I can find anything that may be of use.

    Wise.

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    Luna - when you eat or drink, does food or liquid go down your windpipe at all? That is , do you aspirate at all with your vocal cords in a fixed open V shape? The voice box has an important role to close when one swallows to prevent aspiration. I wondered how that is for you.

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    sometimes when I eat I do aspirate, or drink and it has to be suctioned out. I have learned to eat carefully /slowly, and I can drink anything but plain water, it's just exactly too thin that I choke on it but I can drink anything else much easier
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    Luna,

    I have tracheal stenosis, which means my trachea is closed off due to scar tissue. air cannot pass through my vocal chords to speak. I have a tracheostomy to breathe and use a device to speak. Can you use any device for speech? I know how frustrating it is. I'm going to Mass General in boston for a resection surgery and possible trachea reconstruction. They are THE BEST in the country. Look them up online. I'm going to see Dr. Mathisen and he gives me hope to speak again. I know your problem is much different but they have voice specialists. Look up online communities with your condition. That helped me out tons too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricanstruction View Post
    Luna,

    I have tracheal stenosis, which means my trachea is closed off due to scar tissue. air cannot pass through my vocal chords to speak. I have a tracheostomy to breathe and use a device to speak. Can you use any device for speech? I know how frustrating it is. I'm going to Mass General in boston for a resection surgery and possible trachea reconstruction. They are THE BEST in the country. Look them up online. I'm going to see Dr. Mathisen and he gives me hope to speak again. I know your problem is much different but they have voice specialists. Look up online communities with your condition. That helped me out tons too.
    ricanstruction, thanks so much for sharing. I wonder how many people here on carecure have spinal cord injury and cannot speak.

    Wise.

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    thanks wise, arndog and ricanstruction.

    Wise, I look forward to see what you can find out. I scour the internet every once in a great while but have never found anything even remotely promising for me
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    I e-mailed mass general about my situation. Hope they have good information
    *fingers crossed*
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