I wanted to ask if anyone out there has difficulty with voice production and control and what you have found that helps
I’m a long term survivor, 6 years and counting.
In the very early days I wasn’t affected too badly vocally although voice production was effortful. I was referred to a voice therapist who found by using an internal inspection camera, a device on a flexible tube that goes in through your nose and down your throat to inspect the vocal flaps in action, that there was a weakness on one side.
After discharge as an in patient I went to some outpatient voice clinics where they did the same procedure rather more expertly than the one as an inpatient. It sounds revolting but if the Dr is experienced it is not an unpleasant experience.
They told me that the vocal action on the weak side had recovered somewhat, this was after about 2 years, and this was evidence of neuroplasticity.
I was much encouraged and diligently did the exercises I was given.
The results were unpredictable and sometimes I felt a good connection with my voice and other times could hardly connect at all.
The improvements over the years have not been linear and recently I’m finding that while I can more reliably connect with my voice, I tend to get a bit breathless when talking. I’m not a big talker so it isn’t a great problem. I’m mildly asthmatic, and have got quite unfit largely due to my mobility impairments stroke left me with severe left sided weakness.
I have found both stroke fatigue, which I still get, though not nearly as much, and not paying attention to hydration both lead to voice production being more difficult. I’ve had my heart checked out so breathlessness isn’t due to that. I think it’s probably a fitness issue, but wonder if anyone else had any similar experiences and could share insights?