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Hi. I'm a 20 year old male, and I have had real problems with my voice the last months. I first went to an ENT who said he didn't see anything wrong, just maybe a slightly irritation to the larynx. Then I went to Stroboscopy, where they said it looked like signs of chronic acid reflux, with injected blood vessels on the vocal folds and posteriorly. Also that the vibration of the mucosal wave of the inflamed cords were reduced.
I have never had any heartburn, or never felt any acid reflux really. Like a year ago I did a lot of throat clearing due to muscus in my throat, and I guess that's a sign of LPR. (silent reflux)
I have been taking Somac PPi's for a few weeks now, and started today on Nexium. I also take antacids after meals, just for safety.
I have also been to speech therapy now, which has helped my voice a lot, I no longer feel much of the strain in my neck that used to make speaking a real effort through-out a day.
The difference in my condition now is that my throat really hurts when I use my voice, it feels like my vocal folds are really irritated/inflamed. When I wake up in the morning, my voice feels much better, but after just a little bit of talking, it starts to hurt. I've rested my voice with almost no talking for a few days now after this started, but it hasn't helped much yet. I almost can't use my voice at all before it hurts.
How long will it take for my voice to heal if I keep the reflux under control? It doesn't hurt while swallowing or anything, just when I use my voice. I have a new appointment for stroboscopy, but not until a month from now. Could it be any nerve-related things involving nerves around the larynx? Or do you think my vocal folds are just irritated or swollen from acid reflux?
I really hope my voice will get better soon, I've spent most of the last 3 months in my room just to rest my voice as much as possible. Anyone else have similar problems?
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