Does this sound like acid reflux or coudl it be something else?

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lilb1190
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   Posted 7/24/2011 11:19 AM (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?

couchtater
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   Posted 7/24/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like the acid is getting into your throat causing inflamation. What kind of medications are you taking?
Have you raised the head of your bed 6-8 inches? It will help with night time acid refluxing.
Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/24/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
lilb1190-
Welcome to the gerd forum. Sure sounds as if you might have reflux. I believe when it gets that far up they call it LPR. You probably should see about getting into a GI doctor as well.

Take care,
Bill
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lilb1190
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   Posted 7/24/2011 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor prescribed Prilosec in the morning and Zantac before i go to bed. I had already bought so Pepsid so I had decided to use that instead of Zantac, but i think i should just go get what he prescribed. Im not sure if it is helping or not. I have been drinking water with honey and decaf tea with honey as well. I wouldnt say i have noticed anything since i started drinking it, but supposedly it helps.
I am going to go out today to get one of those wedges that should keep my upper body elevated at night. Hopefully that will make a big difference.
If the video stroboscopy either concludes that i have a problem with Acid Reflux or is totally inconclusive i will probably call a GI. All of these trips to the doctors are very expensive, even just the copays are adding up. In the end it would certainly be worth the money to get better, but from what i can tell reading a lot of these posts, some people never get better.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/24/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't want to just raise your upper body. What happens is you put pressure on your belly and can have even worse acid coming up. I use zantac off and on and I found the store brand works just as well for me as the name brand. Just thought I'd let you know that. LOL!
If you can even get the head of your bed 4 inches up it will help.

Take care,
Bill
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lilb1190
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   Posted 7/24/2011 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I got a wedge pillow that lifts my upper body about 6 inches.  I havent slept on it yet, but just laying on it is pretty unpleasant.  Im trying different ways to soften it up but its pretty hard.  If it keeps the acid from burning me ill be happy.

Thanks for the heads up on the store brand.  While i was at target today i saw the store brand was $4 and Zantac was like $17.  I decided to get the store brand because the ingredients were the same.  Its good to know i may the right decision!

Has anyone here ever had a Video Stroboscopy done?  I have seen what the process looks like and from what i can tell its fairly unpleasant.  I would be all for it if i knew that the outcome would be that i know for certain what is wrong, but Im not sure that will be the case.


kyheart
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   Posted 7/24/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
lilb
You actually need to raise the head of your bed.. like put something under the legs at the head to raise it up... don't bend your body it will make the reflux worse if that is what your problem is...
Good luck.. and what Bill suggested is good.. try to get in to see a GI specialist..
Let us know here at the forum, how you are doing..
Sandi

lilb1190
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   Posted 7/24/2011 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
With the pillow you actually lay on it from just above your butt, so your entire upper body is at the same angle.  The actual bending occurs at your waist.  It should be helpful, but i am only repeating what i have read online, which might not mean much.
 
I will give it a try and let you know how it works out.  If it seems worse i will stop immediately.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 7/25/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope it works for you! I tried one of those pillows and it was pretty uncomfy, but maybe if you added some of your own pillows it would soften it up a bit? Good luck :)

couchtater
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   Posted 7/25/2011 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried the wedge, but I kept falling off or sliding down it. I kept having back pains. They sell bed risers at many stores, about $10.
Joy

lilb1190
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   Posted 10/13/2011 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again!
 
I havent been back here for while but i figured i would give an update.
 
First of all, I dont think the wedge pillow did any good.  I used it for several months and actually got used to it, but never really noticed a difference medically.
 
My have not gotten any better since I last posted here.  I have been taking various medications and have attempted to make my diet more reflux-friendly, but again nothing has made a difference. 
 
On thing that I have noticed is that my voice generally feels better after I have eaten.  I dont know if this is another symptom of GERD or its something else.
 
Do I need to go to a Gastroenterologist to confirm whether I have it?  If I do im not sure what more changes I can make to my lifestyle.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/13/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
lilb1190-
The wedge pillow isn't recommended because it tends to cause more pressure on your belly from bending. I recommend raising the front of the bed its self.
I also hope you do get into a GI doctor. only way to be certain it's gerd and also find out how much is damaged if it is. The fact that your voice is better after eating you may have LPR as well as GERD. Not sure what you have been taking as for meds, but also by seeing the GI you can get different neds for this.
Sorry things aren't getting better for you.

Take care,
Bill
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