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Voice Loss

  • By ChelcyD

    I was diagnosed with arthritis three years ago and a year ago I began to lose my voice. My rheumatologist does not believe this is to do with my arthritis whereas the ENT specialist feels it is a flareup in my vocal chords. I have had three shots of steroids into my vocal chords, each at six weeks apart, and I still have not fully recovered my voice. I was curious to learn if anyone else has experienced this? If so, what did you use to treat it?

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    HI ChelcyD! I am so sorry you are dealing with voice loss. Unfortunately, this isn’t a totally unusual symptom in the RA community.

    One of our contributors discusses her experience with vocal issues here — The member comments following the article testify to the fact that quite a few of our community members have dealt with this issue.

    Here is a snippet of information from our site about RA inflammation and how it can affect the voice — “Learn more neck & cervical pain
    Cricoarytenoid joint. The cricoarytenoid joint (also called the larynx joint) is a joint located near the windpipe. About one-third of patients with RA experience inflammation of this joint, resulting in difficulty breathing and hoarseness of the voice.”

    I do hope you hear from some of our members that can offer some insight as well.

    Thanks for reaching out and good luck getting your voice back!

    Best, Erin, Team member.

  • By ChelcyD

    Thank you for the article. I will discuss with my ENT whether to do another shot of steroids or ?? As well, I am beginning another type of RA medication tomorrow. Fingers crossed I will get my flare ups under control and get my voice back.