Muscle tension dysphonia

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What is muscle tension dysphonia?

Muscle tension dysphonia is characterized by difficulty speaking and hoarseness. It is caused by hyperfunctioning of the muscles involved in the production of voice and an imbalance of tension in the muscles. Vocal therapy can be beneficial.

Common symptoms reported by people with muscle tension dysphonia

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 muscle tension dysphonia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Sympathetic nerve blocks)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with muscle tension dysphonia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with muscle tension dysphonia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea speedy feeling
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with muscle tension dysphonia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has muscle tension dysphonia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 2
30s 3
40s 6
50s 10
60s 3
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4
Female 20

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from muscle tension dysphonia patients who have completed their condition history
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