Spasmodic Dysphonia, Part 3

It’s been 4 weeks since the Botox injection and there has been a definite improvement in my voice quality.  It happened between the third and fourth week.  My voice is stronger, no spasms and has a smoother quality to it.  People have noticed.  I do not get asked to repeat myself . Background noise doesn’t have to keep me silent.  I am able to order food in a loud restaurant with no problem!  Speaking on the phone is much easier.   I still have hesitations about speaking, thinking that someone won’t understand me, or that the spasms will occur, but then I speak and it’s good, and I feel more confident about myself.  It’s hard to describe to someone who has never had issues with their voice how nice it is to just be able to speak and not worry about how it comes out.

Was this worth the time, energy, cost of treatment and waiting through the hoarseness and breathy voice for about 3 and a half weeks, yes, I definitely would say it was.  Will it improve even more over time, and will I have more volume (loudness)?  Only  time will tell.  How long will the improvement last?  That’s another question that will have to wait to be answered.

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