Thursday, July 21, 2016

Acid Reflux

I have had acid reflux, on and off, but more so lately and I had unknowingly started to drink 3 cups of coffee a day, along with ignoring the acid reflux at night, as it was not an every night occurrence. Well, I had noticed that when I tried to sing from a hymn book that my voice was starting to crack sometime ago. Then just last week, after "treating" myself to some diet coke at a party, along with all the coffee I had been consuming, my voice began to be very hoarse and even ached when I used it too much. I have not been able to get rid of this, although the acid reflux is gone, as I had also been eating late (my family eats very late due to jobs, etc.) for some time, and I have changed my eating habits after reading so much about this on the internet. I am eating less, stopping 3 hours before going to bed, eating better (little to no chocolate, which I like) and cut out coffee, with the exception of one cup of decaf coffee on two of the last 7 days. So my voice goes fairly hoarse after trying to use it for a short period of time. Sometimes it doesn't bother me much, but still is not normal, and other times there is a kind of mild raw feeling when I use it for 20 or 30 mins. So my question is, will my voice ever improve or have I done permanent damage to the voice box, and will it worsen (even with life changes)? I don't drink wine more than 2 x's a month (one glass limit), don't smoke, but have drank black tea or coffee a lot over many years, as well as indulged in chocolate. So is it possible for my voice to heal itself if I take better care of it? Thank you so much!

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
To evaluate any potential damage to the larynx and understand potential for recovery, you would need to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.   An ENT will visualize the larynx using a rigid or flexible endoscope to effectively diagnose any issues and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

Good luck!

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