I just saw my doctor for hoarseness and raspiness that I have had over the past couple of weeks. I read aloud to people and found that the past couple of weeks I have been getting hoarse and my voice was getting raspy. I researched a few things online (probably the worst thing to do) and decided to see my doctor.
He said everything he checked was okay but he referred me to an ENT doctor to take a better look. It will take at least two months to get to see a specialist.
HOWEVER, my doctor wanted to change my current prescription for GERD (yes I've had that for years) from omeprazole (Losec) to pantoprazole (Tecta) but the same dosage. He said that sometimes when a person is on a specific drug for many years it loses its effectiveness. When I went to the pharmacy to have the Tecta filled, the pharmacist discussed with me why the doctor would do that as the two drugs are basically "brothers" (both PPI's).
Any thoughts on both the hoarseness/raspiness and/or the drug switch? My insurance doesn't cover PPI's, therefore it is quite expensive for me to switch. Or should I just wait to see the ENT doctor?
My Mother has had hoarseness for years. AFter many attempts to find an answer she went to a doctor and he said it wasn't caused by allergies afterall. It turned out to be silent reflux. After adjusting her diet, alot, it's much better now. It's good to get that 2nd opinion. Maybe even a 3rd one, too. Please post after the next appt!
I was recently diagnosed with LPR (silent reflux) and hoarseness was a secondary symptom, with globus sensation and post nasal drip being the primary symptoms. I am currently trying to figure out if I truly have acid based reflux or if it is another type, harder to diagnose, called non-acid reflux and is basically pepsin and/or stomach contents coming back up (sorry for the not so pretty picture!).
So my natural response is... do you have any of the other symptoms I mentioned? Or just the hoarseness. Because if you only have hoarseness... you may have lots of dust in your home and low humidity (I have that in Winter... bad enough to trigger nosebleeds). I had hoarse throat in Wintertime due to that long before developing LPR.
Thanks for the replies. Just an update. I saw another family doctor last night. He did a thorough check and found I had massive post nasal drip and a very red throat. He said that this could come from GERD or LPR. But with the other symptoms he found, he thought that I had sinusitis and gave me a prescription for a penicillin antibiotic for 10 days. He said if it doesn't resolve by then to come back to see him.
He didn't agree with the family doctor I saw on Monday who said I might try changing my GERD medication. He said if they are in the same family it wouldn't make a difference (same as my pharmacist said).
He said that my hoarseness and raspiness is most likely due to the post nasal drip caused by sinusitis and not a new GERD or LPR symptom. He stressed "most likely". He said to still keep the referral to the ENT specialist to have him/her take a better look. That will be 2-3 months away.
I still have the hoarseness, but I know the post nasal drip is still there. I have only just started the antibiotics though. I don't expect to see much improvement for awhile. I'll keep this post updated. Thanks again for all the fine comments.