Thanks Joy and Chartreaux. I do not have COPD, just asthma. I do get hoarse and always seem to have phlegm to cough up. I will try the hot liquids. I do drink hot tea with honey and that helps the hoarsness but I don't know why I tighten up when I talk. Maybe I am just getting too rattled over the conversation. I don't ever drink coffee but will also try warm milk.
Stari, I am on symbicort for maintenance, albuterol as needed, pulmicort for a short time now and have prednisone when I get a bad attack. I also take zyrtec for allergies. I tried singulair but it didn't help me at all. The problems with talking come from when I get upset about something and then I don't remain calm and my chest tightens up. Key to my issue is staying calm which is very hard for me to do.
Tom. don't feel bad about not tallking much. Everyone loves a good listener. Since my bad asthma attack a few weeks ago I have improved greatly. I am off prednisone but still using a pulmicort inhaler which is a powder. I never feel like I have inhaled it but it must be working because I am better and not hoarse and can talk again. You might want to question your pulmonologist further because I have done so much better, in fact feel very clear when it is not allergy season. It is possible to get back to normal but your dr would have to determine what is the proper treatment. Wishing you the best.