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I'm a 22 year old singer and began having throat issues in January 2018. Notcing a lump in my throat, frequent throat clearing, raspy singing voice (my speaking voice isn't affected) and occasional wheezing.
I was reffered to an ENT and saw one in March. He took a look at my vocal cords and diagnosed me with sinusitis and said my left vocal cord was swollen due to the sinusitis. He prescribed me with nasal sprays which I took over the course of about a month. I continued having the same issues so I returned to see him in May. I asked him if he could check for signs of silent reflux and he said "You're at very low risk for that. You're not pregnant, you're 22 and you're not 200lbs overweight." He took another look at my vocal cords and said that the sinusitis had all cleared up. He asked me to do a few singing scales and said that my singing technique had been altered due to the sinusitis and advised me to see a vocal coach for a few weeks to correct my technique. I asked him if that is the case, then why am I still experiencing throat clearing and wheezing. His reponse was "the throat clearing is probably some left over mucus from the sinusisits and the wheezing is in your chest and is most likely allergies." I have done what my ENT asked and started seeing a vocal coach. I've only had one session so far but today my throat hasn't been feeling great. I've been clearing my throat frequently and when I was singing my voice just felt weak and raspy. It's really getting me down and I can't help but have question marks everywhere. I am convinced that I have LPR but I don't want to go against the word of my throat doctor. Does anybody have any advice? What do you guys think about this? I was thinking of trying some Zantac to see if that makes a difference. I feel at a loss. My life has pretty much been put on hault since these issues began.
PS: I just want to add.. what is baffling to me is that I stopped drinking coffee, no tomatoes, onions, chocolate, mint etc for one month to see if I would notice any change and I didn't. When I went to see my ENT the second time and he told me it was just my technique I began drinking coffee again. Surprisingly, my singing voice had been okay, I thought I was seeing improvements. But today, it was raspy for no apparent reason. My diet hasn't been any different today than the last few days when I felt like I was improving.
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