In April 2011, I had a total thyroidectomy because of papillary thyroid present on my thyroid and in a few lymph nodes. As of today, the cancer hasn't tried to come back so I should count my blessings for that, but during the surgery, my vocal nerve was severed. The doctor realized his error and attempted to fix the nerve before sewing me back up, but unfortunately the nerve never healed.
So I believe it is my left vocal cord that is near 100% paralyzed while my other one works perfectly. The problem with the left vocal cord is that I feel as if it's too close to the right one. I know most people with one vocal cord paralyzed have issues talking because their voice is not strong enough, but my voice is fine--it goes out quicker if I'm screaming, but it's just about as strong as it used to be. The issue is that I feel like someone constantly has their thumb on my neck, pushing into the vocal nerve. And don't even get me started when I get some sort of cold and my throat gets a bit swollen--feels like the vocal cord is going to sit on my airway and choke me out.
I'm just curious if anyone else has this issue? My lung capacity has dropped since the surgery as well, which I guess is to be expected if one of the vocal nerves isn't working properly. It's also annoying because with the breathing, I can't breathe in and out as seamlessly as I once did--when I'm speaking, I have to stop, take a deep breath, and continue speaking. Most people would just suck in a quick breath and continue speaking like normal.
My surgeon and my ENT both looked at my throat and basically said there's really nothing they can do at this point. I mentioned nerve innervation (taking a healthy nerve from somewhere like your nose and putting it into your neck) but the ENT said that was tough and wasn't going to work. I mentioned about how they're trying tiny pacemakers in the neck to stimulate the nerves that way, but the ENT said that was very experimental.
Has anyone else found any other suggestions? Like I said, my vocal cord is paralyzed but feels like it's pushing outward, so injecting the vocal cord with some sort of material is going to make it feel like I can't breathe at all I would think.