Okay here is the deal...I have been hoarse for almost 4 months. At first I just thought it was part of my sinus infection but my sinus infection went away but I am still hoarse. I just got insurance so I finally made a dr. appt but can't get in till Oct. 2nd. Does anyone know why this could be happening?? HELP!
Your ENT (Ear, Nose Throat) doctor is the best judge. He may do a Laryngoscopy (quick and done in the office) to see what's going on. Hoarseness can have many causes including acid reflux as well as vocal cord nodules. lesions, irritation, etc.. It's good that you are getting this checked out. I had occasional hoarseness and it was due mostly to acid reflux and some voice abuse.
It can also be as simple as post nasal drainage and GURD (another common reflux disease). I have year round allergies and always wake up hoarse and irritated. If you have allergies this is a possibility for you as well. The ENT will be ale to set you on the right path for a cure.
I do have alergies, but its not just in the morning when I am hoarse. It is throughout the day. But my throat is NEVER sore. Somedays it is better than others but never back to normal! But hopefully the doc will figure something out!
Chronic hoarseness is a major sign of LPR, laryngopharyngeal reflux. A small amount of acid is traveling all the way up your esophogous and splashing your larynx and pharynx, which really irritates it, as it has no natural protection. The amount of acid isn't enough to cause heartburn in your lower esophogous.
But to treat LPR, it's the same medication as for heartburn - you need to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach with a Proton Pump Inhibitor like Nexium or Aciphex. But heartburn sufferers usually take only 1 dose a day. People with LPR must take 2 doses per day. This is a serious difference that must be adhered to.
Do a little research on "laryngopharyngeal reflux", and you'll be quite surprised. You can get the PPIs from your PCP, or you can go to an ENT and ask to be scoped. The ENT will insert a thin wire with a camera at the end up your nose and down your throat to observe your larynx. If it's red and swollen, it's confirmation of LPR. Otherwise, a postiive response to PPIs is also considered an indirect diagnsosis of LPR. Check out the acid reflux message board here at healthboards too.