Vocal cord problems - coughing - loss of voice - read me!!!
Hey everyone. I'm glad I found this board but that's been countered with all the negative results people have had. Alritey, my problems... :
Each morning I wake up I have to cough for about 2 hours to clear my throat. I feel like I've dislodged mucus after this time and can sometimes cough it up and it's usually clear. It's pretty violent coughing and very annoying.
Throughout the day I have to clear my throat constantly and my voice disappears regularly. If I'm walking for more than about 4 mintues then my voice will go completely; it's the same in air conditioned environments. It's like my throat empties and there's nothing to clear it with. Chewing gum and rest works to bring it back. More often than not whole words don't come out and softer sounds and vowels won't come out so it's really inflicting my life and what jobs I can do. I'm 20 and had this since 17 and only know realising that other people have it cos I thought this was just my voice. I can't shout either and my voice is quiet and weak.
I don't get any pains but I do have a constant feeling of thick mucus in my throat and I'm pretty convinced it's LPR. Plenty of 'up until 5am' researching makes it a pretty good diagnosis.
I'm going to see an ENT as soon as I get an appointment, hopefully by the end of the month. So I was wondering how people reacted to all the medication, because it seems like not many people get positive differences. How well are the PPIs and Nexium etc? I'm going to try and make sure I get a laryngoscopy and pH test, endoscopy and manometry done to be able to rule out everything that it isn't and so I can start being fixed.
Do you think maybe it could be polyps on my vocal cords or something? It's mostly always a strain to talk and I'm just scared that I'll never be able to have a proper life seeing as most of the time I can't even speak. Does the Nissen Fundoplication give some relief?
I'd really appreciate some replies. I'm so worn out by all of this, I just want to be normal!!! I'm in the UK btw.
P.S. If aswander reads this, I only found this Acid Reflux page on Google, stupid me couldn't work out to just go to the main discussion page, duh! lol
Last edited by andrew_d01; 09-06-2006 at 10:08 AM.