You may be experiencing pain from over using your voice in the classroom, in the musical or theatrical performance space. You may also be experiencing pain from singing with incorrect and unhealthy techniques.
As someone who has experienced the total devastation of losing her singing voice, I can empathise with and offer hope, to those experiencing vocal injury. If you have heard me singing or watched any of my YouTube cover videos you will notice the diversity in my voice. This is not something which happened quickly, and it was not a skill set which came easily to me. After injuring my voice 9 years ago, I was unable to speak for longer then 3 minutes, let alone sing 'la' on one note without feeling incredible pain on my vocal cords.
There is hope for you and I want to help you!
When your career depends on you being able to sing, or your identity is intertwined with your talents, losing that ability can cause stress and anxiety. I can work with you on developing strategies and a management plan to bring you back to your former self.
If you have found this page because you are currently suffering from a vocal injury you could try the following steps:
Consult your GP to discuss possible causes*
Vocal rest (total or partial)
Keep hydrated and exercise regularly**
Walk after meals and avoid eating 3 hours before bed**
Cover your mouth if you're walking in the cold air**
Seek out a voice teacher who can help you in your recovery - through learning correct singing and injury prevention techniques you may find that you will be able to regain your confidence and singing abilities once again.
Prior to seeking lessons: I would encourage anyone experiencing vocal injury to consult their GP to investigate the issue further.
**Christina Shewell, Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices, Breath Voice Exercises, 2010