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    Hello-I am new here and don't know if anybody can help, but I'll give it a shot.
    About 2 months ago I got a cough. At the same time I got this cough my Dr. prescribed a few different medicines for me, and ever since the cough cleared up, I can hardly sing, and definitely lost my high range completely. My voice cracks like a teen in puberty! The medicines he prescribed were Celexa, Simvastatin, Allopurinol for high uric acid. I also started taking a high protein drink containing creatine to help in weight loss. Any ideas why my voice is "shot". I am 59 years old and was singing perfectly prior to the cough and medicines.
    Thanks
    Joe

  • #2
    There's many causes to people "losing their voice", such as overuse, misuse, acid reflux, respiratory infection, and lack of rest.

    What was the original cause of this cough? Smoking? Cold? etc.. If you were coughing very violently then its possible that you may have caused some damage. I would recommend getting a referral from your doctor to go see an otolaryngologist and have them take a look at your throat.

    Btw, if you have high uric acid then I'm not sure if you should be taking so many high protein drinks, since it might be stressful on your kidneys. Remember to drink plenty of water. Sometimes even slight dehydration can affect your voice.
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    • #3
      There's many causes to people "losing their voice", such as overuse, misuse, acid reflux, respiratory infection, and lack of rest.

      What was the original cause of this cough? Smoking? Cold? etc.. If you were coughing very violently then its possible that you may have caused some damage. I would recommend getting a referral from your doctor to go see an otolaryngologist and have them take a look at your throat.

      Btw, if you have high uric acid then I'm not sure if you should be taking so many high protein drinks, since it might be stressful on your kidneys. Remember to drink plenty of water. Sometimes even slight dehydration can affect your voice.


      Thanks for the reply Davie...The cough was just an annoying tickle that lasted a while, not really violent. Thanks for the advice on the high protein drinks. I should have known better :-)
      I don't smoke anything OR drink alcohol, so maybe it is just a lingering cold? I will take your advice and increase water, and also talk to my doctor. Thanks!!!!

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      • #4
        I find drugs affect how I sing. My vocal chords are very sensitive to lots of things. I hear changes in my voice after taking a single aspirin. I think alcohol in mouthwash affects my voice.
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        • #5
          I find drugs affect how I sing. My vocal chords are very sensitive to lots of things. I hear changes in my voice after taking a single aspirin. I think alcohol in mouthwash affects my voice.


          That's what I wanted to know - If anybody experienced any vocal issues with medications. I have Googled all the medicines I take, and I find that Celexa, which is for anxiety, and lower vocal range, and also caffeine. I can give up caffeine, but the Celexa is a prescribed medicine. I'll wait this out for a few more weeks, maybe take some steam baths and see if I can't knock it out. Thanks for the reply, YeahDoIt!

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              • #8
                To the op...I had what was described as "flu" then "throat infection", then "strep throat" for over 2 months untill I convinced my doctor that something wasn't right, I lost most of my voice, could only speak in monotone...I know my voice, not my doctor but since I was a young 28, non-smoker, or heavy drinker...it had to be an infection...

                Turns out I had cancerous nodules on my vocal chords that needed to be removed and treated with radiation and chemo...

                My point is, don't take things for granted, if you feel they are not diagnosing you corerectly, push for more tests, find another doctor. No one knows your body like you do.

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                • #9
                  If you want to continue singing and something is affecting your voice you must find out what it is........ plain and simple
                  The easiest and most inexpensive place to start is WATER and lots of it and rest.... no singing (just speaking in a normal tone) if rehydration doesn't completely alleviate the problem then you must start looking for what the prob is.. Have you checked any of the side effects of the meds your on? Have you asked your Dr. if others have had vocal problems using the meds you are on..Have you told your Dr. that something is affecting your voice?. If your efforts to correct the problem do not work then back to the Doc to have a look see....
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                  • #10
                    I takes a long time for the voice to recover completely from a cold. Make sure that your technique is solid. As others has already stated, medicine can also affect your vocal cords. Your problem could originate from anything from dehydration from actual vocal fatigue or other damage to your vocal cords. If I were you, I would try to see a ENT to make sure my vocal cords are ok. Good luck!

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                    • #11
                      I takes a long time for the voice to recover completely from a cold.

                      VAl


                      This. I had a cold a while back and it took a l-o-n-g time for my voice to recover... sometimes I bounce back quickly but other times it feels like I have lost my singing voice forever.
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                      • #12
                        If what everyone said doesn't work, see an Ears, Nose and throat specialist. This is key for any serious singer. Don't settle for your general practitioner.

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                        • #13
                          For anybody who truly takes singing seriously, either as a hobby or as a career, needs to take care of their voice ALL THE TIME- not just before or after a performance. Like an athlete training for the Olympics, it takes year of training and honing the muscles ready for the big show- it's exactly the same for singers. There are so many tips and things you can do, but my golden rule, always has been and always will be; drink plenty of water!
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                          • #14
                            ^^^ What Annstar said.

                            In 2009, I lost my voice entirely for 6 months. No cold, just played a gig one night and noticed a lack of range. Next day: No voice at all. Couldn't sing or even talk. Lost out on 6 months of gigging. Thought I might never sing again.

                            I went to an ENT and got scoped. She said "you've got acid reflux." "No I don't" says I, "I've never felt any burn." She procedes to tell me that about a third of people with AR/GERD never feel the burn but that I've got the tell-tale redness & swelling of my voice box. I get a prescription for Nexium, an anti-inflammatory, and instructions for diet modification. These things got the AR under control & my voice came back, but it didn't solve the underlying problem.

                            Finally, I quit sodas entirely, cut back on all sugars, and cut my meal portions significantly. I promptly dropped 50lbs and haven't needed a pill for acid stomach since May of 2010. I've always been active (bike commute, lifting, etc.), my eating habits were just lousy.
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                            • #15
                              As the other contributors have said, lots of rest, lots of water and take it super-slowly on your way back to singing. Any pain and discomfort, stop. Get yourself to an ENT specialist and they can give you a thorough diagnosis.

                              Was there any discomfort in your voice at all before the cough, or were you singing totally freely and comfortably? Just something to double-check.

                              Good luck,

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