Possibility of Adam's Apple Injury Crontibuting Factor to Throat Problems?

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Dr. Thomas,
I'm 33 yr/male from Honolulu who have been having recurrent throat problems. My history, at about 12 years old, I was punched in the throat at the adam's apple. Until then, my developing adam's apple could be easily seen but no longer since that event. Through out my life, I've had issues with speech, higher than normal pitched voice, and difficulty singing. Throats hurts when I try. Always having that lump feeling in there. Also, whenever I have a cold, it always end up in also a sore throat that requires antibiotic treatment. Noticeable symptom always include swollen tonsils. Strep Throat culture and Flu test, due to high fever, always negative. My PCP have been unable to explain what's causing the swollen tonsils and makes it difficult for me to swallow, drink, or eat.
Is it possible that the injury I had when I was 12, a contributing factor or direct cause of my illness, voice pitch issues, and sore/hoarse voice when attempting to sing? I desire to find out the root cause of my illness and to have a normal or lower pitched/tone voice.
Thank you for your time.
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Submitted by James P Thomas MD on Sat, 2012-04-07 12:50

For your voice problems, you might seek out a laryngologist, someone who specializes in voice. I list quite a few of themĀ here on this website. A pitch issue is directly related to the vocal cords, so seeing the vocal cords vibrate and testing your pitch range, a laryngologist should be able to answer your questions..