Friday, November 14, 2014

Hoarse Voice

For the last several years, I have experienced hoarseness in my voice, had the sensation of a lump in the throat (this symptom only after drinking MatTea vocal elixir for 7 days in a row), post-nasal drip, stuffy sinuses, chronic throat clearing, excessive throat mucous and a sore throat. I used to have a great singing voice (not professional, but I do talk for a living) but now I can barely make it through a song and I sound like an 80 year old smoker (and I am neither). I've been to ENT doctors and a speech therapist at Stanford, but nothing seems to help (and acid reflux medication seems to make it worse). I don't have nodules. Please help!

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

There are any number of conditions that can contribute to the symptoms you describe, so to suggest a possible diagnosis would be conjecture. If you've seen general Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians for prior assessments, then I would suggest seeking out a laryngologist, an ENT who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders. Ask your physician for a referral or visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology at to search by sub-specialty.

Good luck to you!