Vocal exercises with Reinke's Edema

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I live in India. I was diagnosed with Reinke's Edema and I am a jazz singer. The doctors sent me to a vocal coach to learn vocal exercises. This is supposed to help me regain the notes I have lost on the octave. I an 57, had a hysterectomy 12 years ago, stopped smoking 8 years ago and am willing to do anything to be able to sing :( I don't see any improvement with vocal trills and other exercises.

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Submitted by James P Thomas MD on Sat, 2012-04-07 14:15


It would be hard for me to understand how vocal technique could change Reinke's edema which is a fluid collection under the lining of the vocal cords.


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