Speaking? Tight throat?
August 27, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
I have a job that requires a lot of taking and making calls throughout the day. I'm not a massively sociable and chatty person, but I've been doing it for a year now and I've become good at it. The only problem is that sometimes my throat feels like it constricts and my voice becomes choked and difficult to speak with/hear.
posted by forgetful snow to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's difficult to find correlations but it seems to be mostly in afternoons; sometimes I'll come in in the morning with relaxed vocal cords sounding like a confident, deep, masterful sonofabitch, and I think often it's midafternoon when it'll transform into a strangulated high raspy contralto with intermittent dropouts that make it difficult for people to understand me. I talk to a lot of international people and a lot of strangers, but the effect lasts for a period of time even when I speak to familiar co-workers and lasts until the end of the day. (I'm male, btw.)
I can hear it in my voice and it makes me lose self-confidence and become abrupt and incompetent on the phone. What are the possible causes, and what can I do about it?
It doesn't seem to be related to how heavy a lunch I've had. I've tried drinking lukewarm water instead of the cold water that comes out of the water machine. I smoke a few days a week and used to smoke a lot more; I drink most days a week; it doesn't always seem to be related to my confidence or my state of mind, and kicks in with apparent randomness.
I'm not the world's greatest verbal communicator but this phenomenon turns me into the worst - help, please, any ideas?