I've had severe laryngitis for nearly 15 weeks now. The doctor finally referred me to an ENT who I saw last Friday. He told me that my laryngitis was due to acid reflux. He gave me Zoton to take for 6 weeks (30mg once day). He also said that I was to have 6 months of speech therapy but I'm wondering why. Surely if the acid stops my voice will return on it's own? Why would i need speech therapy? And that was it from the specialist - no further information. He said that after that treatment that would be it, back to normal. I spoke to my doctor but she only seemed confused - I have no other symptoms of this condition (no heartburn or burping etc). She couldn't really offer me any further information or advice. The thing is, I'm a teacher and this is having a severe impact on my work - I can't teacher without a voice and have been signed off since Christmas and now for another 2 months at least!
I'm totally confused basically. Without any really help from the specialist or doctor I have done my own research. I am concerned as I have read that I may be on too low a dose of Zoton to work. I have also read about vast lists of food to avoid and that you should test which ones effect you most rather than cutting them all out - but the trouble is I can't really tell as I don't get heartburn. The only symptom is my voice which is consistantly poor. There are too many 'bad' foods to cut them all out - should I bother with any or just rely on the medication? In regards to alcohol, I'm not a heavy drinker and just drink socially about once a month on a night out. Do I have to stopped this forever or is this ok to continue? Would it be a good idea to take an over the counter anti-acid if I know I'm going out for a curry or a drink? Is this ok to do whilst taking the Zoton?
I'm also worried because I've read that if this acid reflux continues it could lead to all sorts of other dangerous conditions. The specialist didn't refer me or ask to see me again. What if my voice comes back but the acid reflux continues without me knowing it? Should I push to have a check up with an ENT at the end of treatment to check it's stopped? What happens if it hasn't? Is there really any danger if it is allowed to continue without any symptoms? Could this be something I have for life or will this really be over after this treatment as the ENT said?
I'm also curious to know what might have caused this to start. I've read that no one really knows. Is stress a contributory factor? I had some time off work last July for stress/exhaustion.
My final question is about orange peel extract. I've read that this can help as a natural remedy. Is this safe to take with the Zoton or should I wait until I have completed the course of Zoton? Does anyone know where I can buy orange peel extract - I can't find it on any UK online shops.
Sorry to ask all these 'medical' questions but I just can't get any straight answers out of my doctor and I can't see the ENT again without a referral (my doctor was very reluctant to refer me in the first place).
If anyone can shed any light on my confusion I would really appreciate it!