Torn muscle in throat

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by tombrown1, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. tombrown1

    tombrown1 Pianissimo User

    Feb 22, 2005
    Hey everyone. I'm writing to know if anybody knows anybody who has experience with a torn strap muscle in their throat.

    A couple of weeks ago I was playing some very loud high passages for a concert and felt something go in my throat. It has been diagnosed as a torn strap muscle (near the thyroid about two inches below the Adam's apple).

    I'm unable to play and am looking for anybody who has some experience with this sort of thing.

    One year ago I had a surgery to remove half of my thyroid - and this muscle tear is in the same area that was operated on.

    Any help will be appreciated.

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  2. jazz9

    jazz9 Piano User

    Dec 5, 2007
    Chilhowie, VA
    I'm really sorry to hear about that, but all I can say is rest it even when you think it is better. Things like pulled muscles can get re-aggravated and take longer to heal if they are pushed too hard. I couldn't even imagine that sort of thing.
  3. Pedal C

    Pedal C Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 24, 2005
    Tom, check your PMs...

  4. stchasking

    stchasking Forte User

    Jun 11, 2006
    Get an appointment with the surgeon that removed your thyroid. He can reconnect the tear. But, you are out of commission and may need his opinion to collect disability.

    If you are old enough you may be able to collect social security disability. I don't remember the details of this situation. Age should not have anything to do with it but SSN may want you to retrain in another field other than performance. Check with an SSN lawyer. They advertise during the soap operas.

    This is a good reason to carry disability insurance. I had a policy when I was younger. I dropped it when I became retired. It is fairly cheap insurance. A couple hundred $ year and tax deductible if self employed.
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  5. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 30, 2006
    Tom is the ringer :cool: I have talked to him and I think he is on the right track. He will be back soon enough!
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  6. ozboy

    ozboy Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 17, 2007
    Just through curiousity, what were your symptoms?
  7. tombrown1

    tombrown1 Pianissimo User

    Feb 22, 2005
    Thanks for the responses. I did talk to my surgeon - and he feels strongly that it will heal itself over time.

    As for disability - I'm in the military so that's not an issue for me.

    Symptoms - swelling in my neck near the thyroid - and a brittle feeling in which it is obvious that the neck muscles won't be able to take it if I throw another high c at them.

    A torn muscle (anywhere on the body) always has an "oh s**t" moment (pardon the language - that's the way I read it described on a medical website) in which you immediately know something has happened - it is very obvious.
  8. mrmusicnotes

    mrmusicnotes Piano User

    Nov 11, 2007
    Tom, sorry to hear of your injury and hope it heals up fast.I did know a sax player who injured his neck and wore a neopreane next brace when he played.At the verry least it would keep your next muscles warm and loose and might even help doing any further damage. Of course check with you doctor first.If you get thirsty you can have a HI "C" fruit drink,Just don,t play them for awhile
  9. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

    Jul 13, 2005

    Please check your PMs

  10. lelandtanquary

    lelandtanquary New Friend

    Nov 16, 2007
    Hi Tom:
    I was looking for a forum on lip care for an old 61 year old and ran across your plea for help. I exprienced something like you describe and rest resolved the issue, but I believe it was a strain and not a tare so your Primary care Doctor would be where I would go but having done that, and didn't find him or her that helpful, I think you need to see a specialist. My best wishes to a recovery. Sincerely, Lee

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