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Loss of singing voice, cronic horseness for 4 1/2 months

  • Posted By: jwsnell00
  • April 19, 2007
  • 07:09 PM

On New Years day I went for a 30 mile cycling training ride. I ride all the time and this was nothing unusall. That afternoon I felt terrible, like flu. I had a mild cough and developed hoarness in my voice. 5 days later I saw the Doctor and took antibiotics. I felt lousy for 3 weeks then it gradually cleared. Alergies he said. Over 4 months later I feel allright but my voice is still hoarse. I can't yell or scream. (need that with dogs and kids) I use to play rock n roll in my youth and had a great voice, and did until Jan 1 2007. I can barely sing at all now and have no range. It is such a struggle to sing anything but very, very low notes.

My research says that I contracted a virus and perhaps it screwed up my vocal cord nerves. I have an appointment with an ENT on May 4th (3 weeks away). I would love to hear that this will go away or is treatable.

Thanks!

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  • Hi- I have had a very similar problem- a weird stomach bug thing that made me feel peculiar for a few weeks, and then a feeling of a piece of "grit" at the back of my throat, which became a lump, and then vanished, leaving me with a hoarse and gravelly voice. I'm a singing teacher!! So my work is really really hard now- I can't sing high or demonstrate anything, and talking also makes it worse.Please tell me- did you get any feedback from your specialist, and how are you now?Thanks
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  • Hello - here we are 1 year later and yes my voice cleared up. The ENT thought that I had developed Acid Reflux. I had no symtons but went along with the diagnosis. My throat horseness cleared up with the acid reflux meds. I got better pretty quickly and have my old voice back. I am still not sure what happened. I know I was very sick and it had something to do with it, but Acid Reflux really is ******n your vocal cords and you may not even know you have it. Ask your ent or doc about it. Regards
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  • Hi! Thanks so much for your reply.Can you tell me- How long did you take your reflux medication for and what did you take ie- how much a day?I definitely have acid reflux- I had heartburn for months and then indigestion really badly, which could well be the cause of my voice hoarseness. I am on 20mg of Omeprazole a day but I'm not sure that it is helping- I still do get some indigestion sometimes and a weird feeling in my throat in the mornings, which is sore on eating or talking.So how long after you had the medication did it take for your voice to return to normal, after having the hoarseness initially for 4.5 months?Thanks!
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  • Hi! Thanks so much for your reply.Can you tell me- How long did you take your reflux medication for and what did you take ie- how much a day?I definitely have acid reflux- I had heartburn for months and then indigestion really badly, which could well be the cause of my voice hoarseness. I am on 20mg of Omeprazole a day but I'm not sure that it is helping- I still do get some indigestion sometimes and a weird feeling in my throat in the mornings, which is sore on eating or talking.So how long after you had the medication did it take for your voice to return to normal, after having the hoarseness initially for 4.5 months?Thanks!Just wondered if you ever received a response about this, and/or if your voice cleared up. I just started an acid reflux medicine to try and rid me of hoarseness, but I have no symptoms either. My doctor seems to think that's the problem. I just started the meds yesterday, but wonder how long it will take.THANKS!
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