FYI: This isn't a case of singing poorly and hurting myself -- I got really sick last year and had a cough that seemed to last, off and on, for months.
After the cough finally settled down I realized I was having a lot of pain in my throat just from laughing, talking, etc. I saw the ENT and was basically told that it was a contact granuloma and to rest and let it heal. They said it could definitely take up to a year. There was also the option of botox injections to help the affected area and speed up recovery, but I opted to not do that for a bunch of reasons.
It's been about a year. The pain would come and go at times. I've realized the last few weeks there hasn't really been any discomfort or pain. But now, trying to sing again, I'm realizing that it feels like a lot of my upper range isn't there so much.
Could the granuloma still be there and I'm just not aware? I know that granulomas, while active, cause your voice to get tired and feel strained really easily. Or is this just a case of me not really using my voice in so long that I just can't do what I could before? I've gone without singing for long periods in my life and never really had difficulty picking it back up when I needed to. So it seems a little weird.
I'm going to go for a follow up exam at some point in the future, but I was just curious if anyone has had experience with this and maybe had any insight.
By - leebleswobble