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As you all probably have seen in my blogs i write music, i also play guitar, bass, and am learning the keyboard when im around one. i sing my own melodies to my own music and it has been my life for about 3 1/2 years. i have always wondered why i could not extend my vocal range. i mean its really thin, with acoustical stuff i cant get any high notes in there without screetching and i cant sing any notes held out long at all, in fact my singing is pushed out so hard to make it sound good i turn red. you also have probably seen ive been diagnosed with acid reflux, but it seems much more is going on. recently i have stumbled upon an article on acid reflux over the internet saying how the acid goes up your esophagus and eats you (larynx??!?) i think thats it. anyways it basically kills your range and even your ability to sing at times (ashlee simpson) this is killing me, why couldnt i have some other thing? ive been held back from my true ability three years, and not only that since ive been forced singing ive been killing my voice, i went to the doctor twice about throat problems and pains, and he never suggested this, i hate, hate, hate my doctors.........so basically my stomach hurts, my heart has sharp pains all the time, and now even when i do find the energy to pick up my guitar, i have to sit there knowing the reason i cant hit those high notes is because of something i could have treated long long ago...............

As youve noticed ive been doing small amounts of posting as i couldnt sleep the last couple days due to these heart pains, i dont even know what to do anymore. also upon going to the store i find out our towns supplier has apparently run out of prilosec OTC.............

Entry #8


Comment by JellyBeanSage - December 17, 2004, 3:15 pm
So sorry you are having problems. I don't know where you live, but is there any way you could see a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine? I am an acupuncturist and herbalist and I've found that stomache stuff is one of the easier disorders to treat.
To find a good practitioner, it's best to ask around for a good referral, or call the nearest college of acupuncture.
Jelly Bean Sage
emma pearlComment by emma pearl - December 17, 2004, 3:55 pm
Justin, try gaviscon. No caffeine, acidic foods. Eat in small amounts. If you could get to a doctor for a prescripiton of reglan 10mg Twice daily will help.
JustinComment by Justin - December 17, 2004, 4:03 pm
Thanks all for your comments

I am going in soon for an endoscopy just to make sure this isnt worse.....
hypersoniqComment by hypersoniq - December 17, 2004, 4:26 pm
HIgh notes aren't necessary. You need to figure out your natural range and go with it when writing songs.
I never could hit high notes, most people tell me I sound like eddie vedder when I sing... embrace it... look at billie joe armstrong from Green Day, he is working his range great. The flip side is joe elliot who sang high back on the early def leppard records... have you seen them live lately? he tries his darndest but it ain't happening.
I have an oddball range (Baritone- not low enough for boomin' bass and not high enough for american idol... lol... but PeRfEcT for punk.) Get a highschool or college choir direector to "range" you, they will be able to tell you your ideal range. (Bass-baritone-tenor) some singers have compensated for a high voice by developing a seamless transfer into falsetto range, not as ear-piersing as a wailing tenor, but the notes are right and it can really be tweaked for emotion (five for fighting "100 years").
Good luck! Hope you figure it all out.
mysticwomynComment by mysticwomyn - December 17, 2004, 8:27 pm
try this justin
JustinComment by Justin - December 18, 2004, 1:05 am
hypersoniq, this is word for word what i have been doing, i do a whole lot of screaming, and really soft, whisper singing too. it works great for me, but it would be nice to have room to grow.
mysticwomyn thanks very much i checked that out
now im going to need to fight my pizza and mountain dew addictions

Merry christmas to everyone
Comment by Sedertree - December 18, 2004, 6:49 am
Ten years ago I underwent emergency surgery for a duodenal bleeding "badly" ulcer. The warning sign for that is black stool that turns the water red.

Turns out that I had a bug called "Helicobacter pylori"

Years after the surgery and antibiotics, I haven't had the problem since.

Also, no eats for four hours before bed and drink only water.
JustinComment by Justin - December 18, 2004, 2:06 pm
Thanks, havent had the stool problems, and hopefully i wont lol
Comment by jim695 - December 29, 2004, 7:41 am
Justin, I realize this post is two weeks old, and while I can appreciate the medical advice you're getting from fellow members, I want to remind you that none of them have a medical degree. Go see a doctor and get this taken care of once and for all. We all fear the unknown to some extent, and your apprehension is only contributing to your level of stress. At this point, the odds are just as good that it's something which could be easily corrected, but you won't know for certain until you see someone who is trained to treat your condition. I'm sure all these people mean well, but don't listen to them; go see a doctor. If your car suddenly began running rough, you wouldn't ask an accountant what the problem was, would you? Get yourself to the doctor - you'll be glad you did.

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