So, the drama that is my life continues. I am three weeks into a preventative med that is supposed to help the headaches - has made no difference at all - except maybe to make me a bit more off balance when I up the dosage (Amitryptaline - 10 mg first week, increase by 10 every week to max of 50 mg.)
I had an appt with the Speech Pathology people because my voice is a fraction of what it was prior to the embolization on January 30. She wanted to “take some pictures” and so stuck what was essentially a high tech movie camera down my throat. Found out that not only is my left vocal cord paralyzed, but the arytenoid cartilage on the left side is “seriously non-responsive.” I don’t know fully what that means yet but she said some things that didn’t make me real comfortable - like “it’s not only a voice issue, it’s also a breathing and swallowing issue.” “If I saw these pictures before I met you, I would have imagined your voice to be much worse.”
So it looks like now we go back to the ENT doc to see what he thinks and what it all means - in the mean time, it makes me concerned - I don’t want to do anything that helps the voice but hurts the swallowing or breathing. How serious is this?
A whole additional layer of uncertainty - and that’s not helping the headaches at all either…
Okay, rant over.