losing your voice?

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Recently Ive been feeling like my voice gets lost. Is it related to the UC? Or maybe it is from my smoking habit? But I havent smoked in over a month. Right now my vocal cords feel sore and It is making me anxious! Is it maybe related from a side effect from my medication? Ive never had this problem before and the first thing that springs to mind is it might be from my medication. should I call my doctor about this?

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
There is an autoimmune condition called Sjogren's syndrome that causes dry mouth and throat, dry eyes, etc. It can cause voice loss because of the drying. Sjogren's most often accompanies another autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or IBD.

On the other hand, it could be something as simple as a virus. You should see your doctor to check it out because there are treatments available either way. Congratulations on not smoking, that would only make things worse for you.
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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I lose my voice frequently too or I have to strain to talk. I have even had complete laryngitis a few years ago but my doc said it was due to my allergies. My allergies now are fairly under control and I am still having difficulty. A couple years ago, I went into my doc for eye problems and she diagnosed me with dry eye. Now I am having a dry mouth frequently. I am thinking of going in to see her again to check to see if I have Sjogrens. It seems that the older I get, the symptoms are getting more pronounced. But maybe your voice loss can be something simple like Judy said such as a virus or even allergies. It's best to have your throat examined by a doctor to rule out anything more serious.
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I was experiencing a loss of voice as well after the doc increased my dose of Prednisone. Turns out, the medication was causing more acid reflux as a side effect. Not sure if you take Prednisone, but there seems to be a lot of people with colitis that also have reflux. The doc had me increase my Prilosec from 20mg to 40mg and within 2 days my voice issues were gone.
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely get it checked out....it could be from a virus, allergies, laryngeal infection or reflux (or if it's with other symptoms, autoimmune (Sjogren's can be checked but you'd have to see a rheumatologist for the definitive diagnosis)...an ENT would be able to tell visually from a small scope.  I've had both infection and reflux different times...but the visual differences are obvious.  Reflux meds helped as well as antibiotics for the infection.
If you were a smoker...for SURE get checked out.


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Post Edited (quincy) : 8/20/2008 8:48:00 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I am not taking prednisone currently orally. Though I am taking hydrocortisone enemas.

My mother says I could just have a sore throat. If it continues to bother me Im going to go see my doc next week.

I was a smoker....But not a cigarette smoker...
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