Thursday, September 5, 2013

3 Years of Hoarseness

For over 3 years I have had persistent vocal cord inflammation. Tests have been upper GI, Allergy, Pulmonary, ENT, Rheumatoid and Psychiatry. Also x-rays, CT Scans, and extensive blood work. Laser vocal cord surgery twice with biopsy. The last surgery revealed Strep and now I am taking Augmentin. This condition remains undiagnosed. I am an RN and have not been able to work for over a year. I have no other symptoms. My vocal cords for over 3 years have been a constant source of itchy, irritation and rattle feeling 24/7 resulting in severe, chronic and extreme clearing of my throat that never goes away except when I am asleep. I have an ENT specialist that has been treating me for a year and a half at the University of Michigan hospital. But he has no answers either. Any other perspective would be appreciated. Thank you.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

It certainly sounds as though you have consulted all of the appropriate professionals, so I don't know that I could offer any additional advice. I will say that in the absence of any possible medical explanation, some individuals suffering from symptoms involving the head and neck area find relief via alternative medicine (e.g., meditation, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc.)

Best of luck to you!

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