Posted 7/24/2011 12:19 PM (GMT -6)
Throughout most of madult life i have had a pretty weak voice. I could talk normally, but if i yelled, sang, or even talked a lot in the car, i would get an unpleasant lump in my throat that would make it uncomfortable to talk. If i went to a party or some other place where i needed to talk over people, my voice would be lost for a week.
During this time and most of my life, i have had a pretty crappy diet. I try to eat fairly healthy during the week, but on the weekend i go crazy. Wings, steaks, Taco Bell, and any other food i could find that was unhealthy and (from what i have read) is likely to cause acid reflux.
Recently my voice has been getting worse, and without and provokation. I decided to see an ENT about it and after examining my vocal cords he didnt notice anything but inflammation. He decided to put me on some nasal sprays to make sure nothing was dripping in to my throat and gave me a pamphlet on Acid Reflux. I took the sprays and improved my diet, but only slightly. During this time i started paying attention to how I was feeling and noticed that my stomach would burn sometimes and my throat would feel the same.
I went back to the doctor last week for my checkup and told him that it wasnt really feeling any better, and in fact had gotten worse. He said i would need to get a video stroboscopy from another office, so he put in an order for it. He also put me on a schedule of medications. I called the other office and they said their next opening was August 9th. That is a long way away for me to not know whats wrong with me.
Over the last few days it has gotten to the point where i can barely speak at all. It feels like my vocal cords are very tight. When i try to speak for more than a few seconds its like someone is grabbing my throat. I have been eating much better over the last few days and have been on a regiment of medications for acid reflux, but nothing seems to be helping. It gets worse every day and im wondering if i will even be able to talk in a few days.
Im probably going to call my doctor to see if there are any other places i can go for this test that will have an opening before August 9th.
does this sound at all familiar to anyone?