NEW HERE! NEED YOUR HELP!HOARSENESS CAN HEAL?

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kenzie22
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Date Joined Oct 2012
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   Posted 10/2/2012 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi im a newbie here, glad to found a forum like these whom you can ask and find comfort to other people with same situation as you. Really happy to be here.

Last July I started to feel uncomfortable sensation in my left neck, at first I thought i have swollen lymph nodes which makes me really worried. I went to internal medicine and told me that it was not my lymph nodes swelling but i have an acid reflux. He gave lansoprazole for 1 week but after a week i dont feel any improvement. Then after, I decided to go to ENT, at this time my symptoms include ear pain, lump sensation as if something was stuck to my neck which is really uncomfortable and make me sick. The ENT also said that I have acid reflux and post nasal drip/allergy. She prescribed me with esomeprazole 40mg 1x a day 30 mins b4 breakfast. She also prescribe saline nasal spray and histamine spray for my allergy. But after 5 days of taking this medicine i had a reflux episodes which i think burned my throat that cause my voice to become hoarse.
Now its been more than 2 months since this happen but still the lump in my throat doesn't want to go away and its been more than a month that my voice was hoarse. Though I speak rarely because i found it difficult to speak because of the tightness feeling on the left side of my neck and sometimes aching pain in both sides. Im really worried if I'll be able to go back with my old self, everyday i really feel sick and frustrated. Im having depression because of this so called acid reflux. I'm praying and begging God to heal me.
cry cry cry cry cry cry cry cry

What really makes me worried right now is my hoarseness and the tightness felling in my left neck.
How long thus damage in the throat that can cause hoarseness and tightness can heal? I having hoarseness for more than 1 month now.
cry cry

dencha
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   Posted 10/2/2012 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi kenzie22,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I'm glad you've found us.  Yes, once your reflux has resolved with medication and your larnyx is no longer being bathed with acid, it will have a chance to heal and your voice will return.  This is a long-term process, though, and will take a great deal of patience. 
 
Keep in mind that if your allergy/PND issue can also exacerbate your hoarseness, if you're coughing or clearing your throat.  Both of these can affect your vocal chords negatively.
 
Get ready to be very consistent with careful eating (avoid GERD trigger foods), compliance regarding taking medication, and avoiding coughing or excessive voice use.  Remember that whispering (which is often considered by people to be voice-rest) actually creates more stress on the voice.
 
You might want to add an elevated head-of-bed to your routine.  Often reflux occurs at night, as gravity no longer helps keep acid in your stomach.  Elevating the head of your bed (with boards or bed-risers) will help gravity do its job.
 
As I said, this is a long-term healing process.  It will seem to take forever, but eventually your voice will return to normal. 
Good luck!
Denise
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kenzie22
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Date Joined Oct 2012
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   Posted 10/2/2012 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi kenzie22,Welcome to Healing Well! I'm glad you've found us. Yes, once your reflux has resolved with medication and your larnyx is no longer being bathed with acid, it will have a chance to heal and your voice will return. This is a long-term process, though, and will take a great deal of patience.

Keep in mind that if your allergy/PND issue can also exacerbate your hoarseness, if you're coughing or clearing your throat. Both of these can affect your vocal chords negatively.

Get ready to be very consistent with careful eating (avoid GERD trigger foods), compliance regarding taking medication, and avoiding coughing or excessive voice use. Remember that whispering (which is often considered by people to be voice-rest) actually creates more stress on the voice.

You might want to add an elevated head-of-bed to your routine. Often reflux occurs at night, as gravity no longer helps keep acid in your stomach. Elevating the head of your bed (with boards or bed-risers) will help gravity do its job.

As I said, this is a long-term healing process. It will seem to take forever, but eventually your voice will return to normal.
Good luck!
Denise


Hi dencha!
Thank you for the response, comfort and advises!
Really appreciated it!

Right now I always eat vegetables, fish and occasionally poultry meat. I deprived myself with red meat.
I don't drink soda, coffee and tea.
Before I love eating spicy foods but since this happened I stop craving spicy dishes.
I can't also eat my favorite spaghetti.
sad

At night I'm using 3 pillows to elevate my head.
With regards to clearing the throat, I'm guilty as charged! I can't help it but to do throat clearing through out the day to remove that sticky phlegm/lump in my throat. But as you said I should stop it and from now I'll do my best to avoid clearing. blush

With regards to medicine, is proton pump inhibitor like esomeprazole can really help me in my condition?
I've been taking this medicine for more than a month now but this medicine never ease my symptoms.
sad
I also tried aloe vera juice, but the juice I bought had sour taste because they used citric acid as ph stabilizer. Which only further aggravates and irritate my damaged throat. But I really want to drink aloe vera juice as to what I've read it can heal damage/burn caused by acid reflux. sad

But as you said I need to be patient, healing is a long term process. PATIENT is what I really need right now. I tend to worry easily.. blush

Thank you dencha! I keep you posted when I get better. Hopefully!
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