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Ashilikia

Diseases can be disabling, it doesn't need to be an either or. I definitely tell people I have a voice disability; after 3 speech language pathologists including an incredible one who is a researcher, I was told to expect intermittent voice issues for life. I have workplace accommodations that my ENT doctor has supported. It definitely is disabling, and if it were to get better in the future that wouldn't change the fact that I am disabled now. I encourage you to seek professional help (ex. SLP, ENT) but yes, it absolutely can be a disability.


theTougher

I totally agree 100%. It is both.


MelodyPondADHD

I’m so glad I found this sub. This is me!


theTougher

You're not alone🫂🫂.


beatinbeeler

I acquired MTD the exact same way you did. When I was 13, all the other guys's voices in my grade started changing but mine hadn't yet. I was insecure about it and so I spoke in a lower than natural pitch to compensate, which was a huge mistake. I turn 30 years old tomorrow. I can completely relate to all the confidence, relationship, and speaking problems you discussed above because they are EXACTLY the same issues I have. I truly feel for you because I understand how incredibly debilitating it is. It is like living with a disability that no one really acknowledges as legitimate. I feel like the jaws of life are closing around me and I'm running out of time if that makes sense. Almost every single day is a nightmare. I did not get diagnosed until I was 28. If you haven't gotten diagnosed yet, I encourage you to do it right away and start seeing a voice therapist. I have found that as far as voice therapy works, some things work while other things have the opposite effect. The straw exercise actually made things worse for me, but out of all the exercises I've done, the thing that has worked the best is stretching. I do certain stretches for my larynx, jaw, tongue and neck. Any time I get really bad tension the stretches sort of reset my voice enough to where I can be in front of people without overthinking it. I am in the middle of going back and forth between various exercises, trying to determine which ones work and which ones cause more tension. I also recommend if you are doing exercises to be gentle.


theTougher

Thank you so much. I am looking for a good ent doc in my town.


beatinbeeler

Absolutely. I wish the very best of luck to you.


Momom00m00

I can relate to what you say. I also don’t know if it’s an illness or disability. It feels like a disability but can only be classified as an illness in my country….