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    Old 05-31-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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    Hello,

    I am a 27 year old male. I have had a history of generally good health. I have been A singer in a heavy rock band for 10 years and we have played a lot over the years. 2012 was our heaviest schedule playing 301 shows. I was also a smoker on and off since my teens but quit in October of 2013. I am not a heavy drinker and do not use any drugs.

    In 2014 the band took a year off to be with family. In December of 2014 we got back together to work on new music. My voice was not the same. My range was nowhere near what it used to be and it hurt to sing. My throat has not stopped hurting for 6 months.

    My talking voice is changing as well. I have to strain to talk. Sometimes when I talk or sing, it's like my throat locks up and nothing comes out. I also feel like a pinching pain when that happens.

    The symptoms continue to get worse and are now spreading. For the last 2 months, I have experienced pain in my left ear. At first, it was a shooting pain. Then, I got a horrible sore throat, a swelling near my left ear, and fluid buildup in the ear. The doctor said it was a virus and after taking steroids, the swelling and fluid went down and the sore throat went back to its normal sore throat.

    I have seen so many doctors with few answers. I saw a throat specialist who put a camera in my throat to watch my vocal cords. The camera showed some vocal scarring but no tumors. A ct scan on my chest and neck came back negative for masses and lesions. An endoscopy revealed some inflammation in my esophagus from acid reflux but nothing major. Blood work has all been normal. They have checked multiple times for lymphoma due to the swelling but it all came back normal.

    I'm at a point where I'm so burned out with all these appointments and getting nowhere. Does anyone have any ideas for me. More than anything, I'd like to know there is nothing life threatening that has been missed. Beyond that I would really like this pain to subside and get back to my old self.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this. Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

     
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    Old 05-31-2015, 07:24 PM   #2
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    Re: Please help! Throat and ear pain

    It could very well be acid reflux been dealing with it for three years. I'd try prilosec Otc ER for 2 weeks just to see if it helps, cut back on caffeine e, spicy stuff, don't eat late at nite, try elevating head a bit at night.

    Don't sleep on fluid ear side either.

    I'm no dr but have dealt with it. Have tendon to carry fluid in my right ear as well AND that's my fav side to sleep lol.

    Good luck. Could also try sleep study.

    Cathy

     
    Old 05-31-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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    Thanks so much for the reply. I will give the acid reflux medication a go and try to give that ear a break at night.

    Thanks again

     
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