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Re: New Study -- Hoarseness effect, hmmm???

Posted by dj on December 17, 1999, at 2:05:38

In reply to New Study -- anyone know anything more?, posted by Louisa on December 15, 1999, at 17:47:22

> During the 30-second zaps, the implant can cause temporary hoarseness in > about 30 percent to 40 percent of patients.

I posted a few comments and clippings in an earlier thread, a couple of months ago on the Vagus nerve stimulator after Janice brought it to everyone's attention. The co. has a website whtere there are discussion threads on the effect on patients, which is referenced in one of those earlier threads..

Just reading this piece above, now the bit on hoarsness struck me. For me stress, anxiety and depression are all very much a mix. AND one of the strongest indicators of high stress for me is incredible upper body tension, particularly in the shoulders and neck area. When I am very stressed I start to gag and choke, as if someone has a hand around my throat and sometimes get the dry heaves. As well, when I'm stressed but not to that degree I will get sore throats that feel like I'm swallowing glass. As well my vocal cords get very tight and my voice lowers considerably to the degree that more astufe folks have remarked on it. In public speaking situations I can go very, noticiably rigid, when feeling the stress...

I'm curious if others have experienced some of the same symptoms and if so what have you done to counteract them, beyond f***ng psycho-chemical solutions, which are TOO much the focus on this board, too often. Chemicals are not the only solution, though you would think they are from this board. They can be helpful but are not sufficient, as with most treatments...for most maladies...




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