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Injury in vocal chords and prostatitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi, I've worked in a call center since November (4 months) and now speaking hurts too much to go into work.

I worked a 75 hour work-week about a month ago and by the end of the 13th hour one night my voice hurt. It has hurt ever since, even though I have not exceeded 40 hours in a week since then. I have been going through bags of cough drops every day just to stay at work- can't go 5 minutes without them. I have been speaking as softly as I can (not whispering) but my vocal cords won't heal.

At one point I took a 3 day weekend to see if my voice would heal up fully but it didn't quite work. Since then it has sloped back to even worse that what it was. I called around to some doctors in my area but they want like $250 to stick a tv down my throat. I don't know if I need to take a full week off work or learn to speak correctly or what (I don't think I speak incorrectly), or whether I should find a new job. Any advice would be appreciated.
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
Let me read
Doctor :   you have injured the vocal cords because of the continuous talk
User :   oh
Doctor :   this take quite long time to heal
Doctor :  
well the treatment would be to put the video and see where the injury is
Doctor :  
and if require perform surgery
Doctor :  
followed by medications and voice theraphy
User :   is it quite likely that it will require surgery, or will maybe just time off work heal it?
User :   is this possible after only 4 months working at this job?
Doctor :   vocal cord injury can occur after a loud shout for a quite long time in a single day to continuous talk for hours for a quite period of time
Doctor :  
it may be as short as one day to as long as few years
Doctor :  
the treatment option of requiring surgery or only medicine can only be said after assessment by putting video into the throat
User :   I see. Do you have any idea without looking how long it might take to heal, a range? Assuming no surgery is required
Doctor :   it might not heal also as an heamatoma or thickening or a nodule might have been formed
Doctor :  
in the vocal cords
User :   so you would definately recommend the inspection
Doctor :   yeah
User :   dang :/
Doctor :  
meantime you need to give voice rest to prevent further injury to the vocal cords
User :   thanks, that was all very informative. I have 20 minutes total right, may I ask a question about my bladder?
Doctor :   yeah

User :   ok. I have had chronich prostatitis (non bacterial) for 10 years, but recently in the last year I have been having to urinate urgently. It is not debilitating but very annoying. I can control my bladder but it gets painful very quickly when I have to urinate. Do you have any general advice for this?
Doctor :  
sitz bath
User :   I've never heard of that, its an ingredient to put in the water, and you sit in it and it helps?
Doctor :  
during the prostatitis you might have been advised to do sitz bath
User :   I was not, last time I saw a urologist was a few years ago and I did not have the bladder problem at the time. This symptom is only recent
Doctor :  
yes it is the treatment of choice to help you become symptomatically better
User :   Interesting. In all my research I've never heard of this but I wil definately try to obtain it.
Doctor :   you need to put that betadine solution into warm water and sit into it for min of 5 minutes

User :   thanks for that advice as well. You seem to be very knowledgeable
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting healthcare magic
Doctor :   bye
User :   bye
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