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CghgCghg Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi everyone. I'm Claire, new to scope.  I have a chronic voice issue involving thinning and bowing vocal chords and muscle tension dysphonia.  I have a job in the NHS but have been under review on and off for a long while because I work with the public and I'm not coping so well!  I also have depression and anxiety.  Anyway, is there anyone on here that suffers from voice issues which disrupt their lives?  Hope to hear back from you soon.  Claire x


  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,215 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Cghg - Welcome to the community, Claire. I don't have your issues, but have a little understanding of vocal cord disorders. Have you considered asking for 'Reasonable Adjustments' to see if you could continue working in a different capacity, or reduced hours? I'm sure the stress of this must worsen your problems, so it can't be easy.
    Scope has some links, which I hope you find helpful.
    The latter has some mental health links, apps, etc, put together for use because of C0vid-19, but still largely applicable at any time.
    Have you discussed your depression & anxiety with your GP, to see if they can help?
    Please kindly let us all know how you get on, thank you. :)

  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,753 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Cghg I've not come across any members who have the same condition as yourself, however there are many members with conditions that  can affect their voice, I hope they will be iin touch soon to share their experiences with you :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • CghgCghg Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thankyou both for your comments.  Unfortunately working in the NHS in these covid times has shown up how I can't cope with vocal roles.  I might have to travel to the hospital I am presently working at and change my job after 27 years in the same role.  It's hard and very stressful for me to accept.  I am going to need some support.  There is a vacancy in a role more suitable for me but it's more hours and more travelling.  I get tired very quickly. This week at work might reveal more of what could happen but I am finding it all very unsettling and stressful and along with finding out my nice is autistic and dealing with my own problems, I have been feeling quite low in mood.  I will check out the links you sent and I recognise now I need some councilling but that could be difficult when I have no voice at all.  I would not be able to support myself if I didn't work as much as not working would take the pressure off me!!! X
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,215 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you for your reply @Cghg - I'm sending one more link 'just in case.' You've got a lot going on, &, as you know, stress doesn't help. I used to teach this relaxation exercise (as a physio), which might be worth a try. I still use it to get to sleep, or if overwhelmed with pain. It's the way babies & young children naturally breathe; something most adults have long forgotten! It's a good stress buster, & helps you relax the muscles in your shoulders & neck, which may help.

  • CghgCghg Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thankyou so much.  It just helps to know I not alone. X
  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Cghg and welcome to the Community.  It's nice to meet you.  I'm really sorry to hear about everything you are going through.  I can appreciate that this all must be so stressful for you as you have so much to deal with.  You are not alone on here, but amongst new friends as we all support each other.  So please feel free to chat to us anytime as there will always be someone here to list.  People are so friendly and supportive on the forum and will want to help you as much as we can.  I do hope you have found the great advice and information above provided by @chiareds to be helpful and glad you are going to look into these when you are ready.  Please let us know how you are getting on and if there is anything we can do for you at all then you only just have to ask.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Cghg! Sorry to hear things have been really hard, and that covid19 has also impacted on this. 

    Please do let us know how you get on and if there is anything else we can do to help. You certainly are not alone. :)

  • CghgCghg Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi, thankyou for your message.  I'm feeling a little better today. It looks like I might be able to shadow a staff member in the dept that has the vacancy for data input.  I'll see what happens there.  I will keep in touch on here.  Thanks xx
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you @Cghg

  • CghgCghg Member Posts: 5 Listener
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