Today I am posting an updated voice sample, along with a new concern.
Since I had the Botox shot on April 23, my voice has gone through numerous changes. The last couple weeks have been pretty consistent though and I’ve been leading a normal life since the Botox side effects have worn off. It’s been just over a month since the Botox shot, so theoretically I should still have a couple months to go.
Over the last couple days, I have noticed my voice is ever-so-slightly weaker. I had a point last week where my voice was what I felt at a peak…I had pretty good volume, I could raise my voice and even yell…and I could sing in a pretty large range (not my full pre-SD range but close).
Over the past couple days, my voice has still been spasm-free but just a touch weaker. I have noticed I have a little sore throat and I think it’s related to the slightly weaker voice. It’s not noticeable to most people but I am acutely aware of any changes since I’ve had SD.
Here is my voice sample taken yesterday May 30, you can hear it sounds pretty good.
Over the past week, I have noticed my right eye is twitching more than normal. All my life, I have had the occasional twitching in my eyelids, I think this is fairly normal for most people, especially under stressful situations. If I had to estimate, I’d guess that I get this twitch 3 or 4 times per year. It’s never anything I’ve tracked or been concerned about since it was so infrequent, and not that bothersome (it went away quickly).
Now, over the past week, I have noticed probably 7 or 8 such instances. A couple days I had no twitching, a couple days I had it happen 2 or 3 times, it’s a mixed bag. I am definitely under some stress at work so it could still be the same old problem I’ve always had, amplified by the stress I’m experiencing at work. However, I also know that people with Spasmodic Dysphonia also have the potential to develop other neurological disorders. Particularly, blepharospasm (twitching of the eye).
I’ve tried to catch the twitching in action by looking in a mirror (because I’m curious to see whether it would be noticeable to somebody talking face-to-face with me). I have not been near a mirror at the “right” time though, so I’m not sure. My guess is that it’s not noticeable because my eye isn’t closing shut, it’s just a minor twitch, nothing strong…so it’s not a big concern at the moment. It is something I’m going to continue to monitor, though.
My fear is that it will develop in a similar manner to my spasmodic dysphonia, which is to say it’ll gradually get worse & worse until it finally reaches it’s “bottom out” point. I do plan on seeing a neurologist sometime next month, so I will certainly continue to monitor this and see if there’s a connection.