Re: Hoarseness for 4 months
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.