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Causes Of Spasmodic Dysphonia: What’s For Sure

No one is quite sure what the causes of spasmodic dysphonia are, but it can show up in changes to your voice when you are talking. Spasmodic dysphonia or SD is a neurological dysphonia that causes the muscles of your vocal cords to spasms.

I’m not a doctor and I can’t diagnose any problem but this information may help you out. You should always contact your doctor if you have any type of health concerns.

Here are some ideas of how to identify the condition as well as some ideas about treatments

1. If you are noticing changes in your voice throughout your day, subtle changes, and an almost stammering way of talking, then you may need to contact your doctor. Before you do though, you may want to compile a list of certain things such as how often it occurs, what you were doing at the time you started having trouble with your voice, if you were eating or drinking anything at the time, the day, etc. Keeping tabs on all of this may help your doctor make a more accurate diagnosis.

2. There are many possible signs that you have spasmodic dysphonia, they can range from mild to quite severe. Some of the most common issues can be things like a change in your voice, unexplained “breathless” when you are speaking up to a feeling like you can’t breathe, almost like you are being strangled, you should see your doctor.

3. This condition is caused by the muscles of your vocal cords spasming. When that happens they become hard to control and it will greatly affect your speech. When your vocal cords are either too close or too far away from each other, it can have a very big impact on your speech. IF this type of thing is happening to you often and for more than a week, you may want to see your doctor.

4. If you aren’t quite sure what is going on with your voice and vocal cords then you might want to go see an ear nose and throat doctor. The doctor can put a device down your throat, called a lararoscope, that can provide him with an up-close look at your vocal cords. This may help him more accurately diagnose what is going on with your voice,

5. If your doctor does confirm a diagnosis of SD then you may have several treatment options. In some cases, you may be able to do something like a botox injection (as odd as that may sound) or possibly even a surgical treatment option. The proper course of treatment will ultimately be determined by your doctor, but it may make you feel better to know that you do have some treatment options and some of which aren’t nearly as invasive as you may have feared.

There is a lot of conjecture about the causes of spasmodic dysphonia, but there are several possible treatment options available. Just go see your doctor and find out the best course of action for you.

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