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I found out my vocal folds have hardened. Can they revert? How will/does this effect my singing?

MetalHead17MetalHead17 Member, 2.0 ENROLLED Posts: 13
A vocal specialist just diagnosed that my vocal folds have hardened. I've also been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. I'd like to get as much information as I can on both as to how to compensate for both in terms of my singing.

I'm trying to find out what my voice is lacking compared to how it would sound if it were healthy...I'm going to need to ask questions in a number of ways because I'm not sure how to pose them to get the exact info that I need so please bear with me.

Is it possible for the cords to return to their normal condition? Is there anything that I can do to help them return to, or at least close to normal or is this something that I will simply have to adjust to?

In what way do hardened cords limit the ability of the voice to sound as it should?

How hardened cords effect/change the voice in terms of how my/any voice would sound like if they were completely healthy?
What is my voice lacking now compared to cords that are completely healthy?

Is it necessary that I adjust my technique to compensate for the stiffness? If yes, in what ways should I compensate and how would I go about that in the safest and healthiest way possible.

Are there techniques that can be used to help with my breath taking the Fibrosis into account? Singing live is out of the question but still want to write, sing and record songs in my home studio. I can only sing a few lines at a time right now and am really looking to improve my breath capacity so singing will be less work.

Thanks so much to everyone for your help with this!

Timothy "Snake Eye" Burns


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    DiegoDiego Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 1,157
    For these type of questions, I'll let @highmtn or @Ken Tamplin weigh in on this. Because it's a more delicate subject that requires special guidance.
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    Chris82Chris82 2.0 PRO Posts: 594
    The vocal specialist should have given you some sort of treatment plan no? If your voice is as bad as you say it is then you will probably want to seek out a specialist not ask people on the internet. There are people who have dedicated their lives to vocal rehabilitation and seeking out someone like that would be your best bet for a full and fast recovery.
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    WigsWigs Moderator, 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 5,042
    Also @doc_ramadani have you any knowledge of this condition?
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    doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,978
    Hello MetalHead17,

    my name is Marco, I am 49 years and I am a medical doctor. I am so sad to here that you have been diagnosed pulmonary fibrosis. This a severe medical condition.

    Pulmonary fibrosis can have have several causes. Some are still unknown. If you give me a little bit more information (your age, possible reasons for the disease, ...) I will try to give you an answer to your question.

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