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In an effort to help repair his vocal chords, John Mayer was given multiple botox shots.
In 2011, Mayer was diagnosed with severe tissue inflammation in his vocal chords. The singer attempted a number of vocal rests, including one his most recent which involved a 10-month hiatus. But it appeared the no amount of rest was going to do the singer any good.
"I thought I'd just take a pill and it would go away, but the problem got worse and worse, and grew and grew," Mayer said during the March cover story for Billboard.
As a result, the singer was forced to turn to more drastic options.
"No one wants to cut into a singer's throat-that's the last resort." Michael McDonald, longtime manager of John Mayer, told the publication.
But if someone was going to have to do it, it might as well have been Dr. Steven Zeitels, a Boston-based laryngeal expert who has worked on many other celebrities, including Adele.
"I actually referred [Zeitels] to Adele, and he did a great job with her," Mayer told Billboard. "My situation was different, however- more complex, and a lot more ambiguous."
Zeitels, however, was unable to find a cure for Mayer's condition and he was left fearing that he may never be able to sing again.
"I spent so long being terrorized, I had all but shut down the fantasy of playing music again- just so I could, you know, survive," Mayer said. But "I'm never a quitter," he added.
Mayer was still looking for alternative treatments when he found Dr. Gerald Berke, an otolaryngology specialist at the UCLA Voice Center. It was Berke who recommended multiple doses of Botox.
Berke began with 17 shots of Botox, which were administered on the spot. The shots paralyzed Mayer's vocal chords and prevented him from speaking for weeks. When Mayer returned, he showed improvement. More Botox shots were administered.
"I probably had contiguously three, maybe four months of not saying a word," Mayer said.
It now appears the Mayer has made a full recovery. The singer has since returned to the studio and says he is "ready to look down at the set list and go, 'I love every one of these.'"