8 weeks tomorrow with reflux laryngitis

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tam41
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   Posted 1/19/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've posted before, but days have gone by.  New update - It is 8 weeks tomorrow that I started with reflux laryngitis.  I had an EGD yesterday.  No findings.  The doc did do a biopsy.  The gastroenterologist thinks it is some type of viral infection or another type of infection.  I am soooo frustrated.  At first my family liked the idea, but it's gone on too long.  I was told not to talk at all, which I'm still having a hard time doing.  I've gone through many sheets of paper.  The gastroenterologist now wants me to see a pulmonologist.  I did have a chest x-ray that was negative.  He didn't want any labwork either.  I am at wits end.  The day I lost my voice was the day our family came back from a trip to New York at Thanksgiving.  I have had no other symptoms.  Next Thursday I am scheduled for vocal cord testing (video strobe).  Has anyone heard of this or have any advice for me.  I am very discouraged and sometimes just find myself crying a lot.  Please help if you can!

poobear
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   Posted 1/21/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your voice and do not know why.. Just be gald that your dr is doing everything he can to find out what is going on.. I know it just plain sucks to not know what is going on but to not be able to talk on top of that is just the icing on the cake.. I hope they find out what is wrong soon and know that we are here for you if you need to vent... Sorry I can not help in anyway.. But know you are in my thoughts..
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tam41
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   Posted 1/22/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your comforting words.

Joan M
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   Posted 1/23/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had laryngitis too but not for 8 weeks.  I would suggest lots of liquids.  If it is a viral infection, you can wash it out of your system that way.  Hot teas and cold drinks.  I have borderline reflux but I also have allergies and asthma and post-nasal drip which irritates my throat a lot.  Another good idea is ice-cubes which anesthesizes the throat.  You can wash and freeze some grapes and let them dissolve in your mouth.  That is another option. I often buy sherbert when my throat is real bad.  However, you can pack on the pounds that way. It is wise not to talk when you have laryngitis but that must be frustrating.  I hope and pray you will find the answer soon.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 1/23/2007 7:56:16 AM (GMT-7)


tam41
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   Posted 1/26/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I finally had an endoscopy, which showed no reflux.  I also had a video strobe.  This checked the vibration of my vocal cords.  My ENT now says that stress has caused my vocal cords to flutter and not move in sync.  He put me on a mild tranquilizer and is scheduling me for speech therapy.  If that does not improve my voice, then he is sending me to another specialist in Tampa who will inject Botox near my vocal cords to help relieve the tension of the muscles.  I'm just so glad I finally found the reason and can move forward with the next suggestions.  Tomorrow marks 9 weeks with a little bit of a voice.  I'm just thankful I can finally talk at the suggestion of my ENT.

RandyDandy
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   Posted 2/3/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Tam, I also had voice problems due to heart burn. I had heartburn for 5 plus years and voice and swallowing problems for the last 2 plus years as a result. Before you go injecting botox near your vocal may I suggest you try DGL licorice tablets.

As I said in a couple other posts a couple weeks back, my voice was strained for two plus years and within only 8 days of taking the DGL before any meals and two at bed time, my voice is much much better. It's only 12 or 13.00 for 100 tablets and I don't know why but it just works. Danie is also another big proponent of this DGL. Please do give it a try if you can. Good luck on whatever you decide to do. I hope you are feeling better.

DANIE
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   Posted 2/3/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with RandyDandy, DGL licorice is worth a try for you right now. It really can't hurt you and only help you - naturally!
Dissolve 2 tablets slowly in your mouth with saliva 20 minutes before you eat anything and at bedtime.
Listen to RandyDandy, someone who had the same vocal symptoms as you.
I wish you good luck too :)
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