Vocal cord paralysis

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What is vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis is damage to the nerves associated with the voice box. Damage may be related to a tumor, surgery, or infection. Symptoms include hoarseness, and difficulty speaking or swallowing.

Common symptoms reported by people with vocal cord paralysis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with vocal cord paralysis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
vocal cord paralysis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with vocal cord paralysis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with vocal cord paralysis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
brain fog
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
insomnia agitation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for vocal cord paralysis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
vocal cord paralysis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with vocal cord paralysis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has vocal cord paralysis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 2
30s 7
40s 6
50s 14
60s 9
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 4
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

79% Female
21% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 23
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from vocal cord paralysis patients who have completed their condition history
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