LPR that causes mostly hoarseness and swollen vocal cords

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My chief complaint is hoarseness and feeling like my vocal cords are always swollen. I have had my vocal cords looked at several times by ENT docs . They always say cords are red and look swollen and I was DX'd with LPR. I am back on twice daily PPI's (prilosec) but it does not seem to be helping that much. I read a post by JPT here about the role pepsin plays in all of this. I have been adding a little baking soda to my drinking water to alkalize for the last two days and this seems to help the hoarseness more than the PPI's so JPT may be on to something here. Seems like twice daily PPI's medical therapy is not of much help to most of us with LPR. I would like to talk to anyone whose chief complaint is loss of voice and frequent hoarseness from LPR and have you found anything that works or helps your condition. It is very depressing and anxiety provoking when you have to strain to talk. It makes your speech very difficult to understand sometimes and then your throat starts to hurt after short periods of talking. It seems like a vicious cycle. I also have an anxiety disorder but I don't think it is playing a major role here in my voice loss. My cords just feel dry and swollen. Help anyone or if you wish to just talk about things you have tried or thinking about trying. Thank you for reading.

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    Hi, I've been having EXACTLY the same problem as you. It is driving me crazy!!! I have the exact problem of my voice always feeling strained, and is causing me a great deal of anxiety and depression. My question is- did you ever find a solution to your LPR and hoarsness?

    Any advice or help would be more than apreciated,

    Thanks.

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      Hi Bianca did u find a cure to your lpr and hoarseness? How long did it take I'm going on 6 mos of good days bad days I take raniditine 2 x a day plus on antihistamines

      I know this is an old post but I'm grasping at straws I need my voice for my work help!

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      Hey, I'm looking for help with this too.

      Have you found any solutions recently?

      Either way it'd be nice to connect with another peer dealing with this issue.

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      You should look into mouth breathing. If you have a stuffed nose and can't breathe through it, you may be breathing with your mouth while you sleep. This dries out your throat mucus and eventually inflames the throat. I suffered from "LPR" for several years and just recently got my full voice back by opening up my nasal passage ways and closing my mouth when I sleep.  Do you suffer from acid reflux when you are awake?

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      Hi John, although i dont consciously sleep iwth my mouth open, it possibly happens during deep sleep,,,then i wake up with a choking sensation...how did you get your full voice back.?
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    Thank you !! Other people appear to be experiencing the same symptoms as I am. It's so frustrating and it gets you down when you can't communicate the way you used to. I used to be a good talker and would talk to anyone but now I refrain from talking. I think people might find me a bit strange as I actually avoid talking now. It's because I feel as though speaking is an effort whereas before this I would just talk, like everyone else, without effort or thinking about it. Talking is like breathing you just do it without thinking about it. When you can't speak normally or you have to strain to speak then you start to really value the power of speech. I just dream of being able to speak normally again. I've had this for 5 years but it's became a lot more frequent over the last 3 years. I thought it could have been smoking, so I've stopped now for nearly two years - it hasn't helped. My doctor didn't even mention diet but after looking into it myself I have modified my diet and that hasn't helped either. I had 2 or 3 endoscopes and the doc even took me in to hospital and put me under anaesthetic to have a look but said everything appeared to be okay. I just don't know what to do.
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      I just came across this thread checking on the same symptoms!  I get progressively worse.  Can barely speak in the mornings.  I am a woman and now have a guttural voice.  Unfortunately, I do smoke but this is beyond a smoking issue.  I also have had chronic dry mouth and throat fir some time.  Seen many doctors and many tests done.  I too am on Zanrac now, no improvement.  Yes, very depressing.
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      Hi Margot, I also suffer from a very dry mouth, which happens mostly during the night.  Am I sleeping with my mouth open...? not sure...also I keep a bottle of water near my bed so when i take a quick sip, the pain of the dry mouth is alleviated...however, its pretty scary that pain, its hard to breathe then, I almost choke with it, i would be pleased to hear whether you had any improvements so far, I sing and play a guitar, i guess it would not help to be bent over the guitar as you sing, that could be another problem for me
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    Hi, I've been struggling with my voice for about a month. I was diagnosed with LPR which irritated my vocal chords. Talking was a struggle and most days I could barly say a phrase or two. I've been on a strict diet, am sleeping on a special pillow and have been seeing a speach therapist. Today I'm actually able to talk a lot more. I can't stress enough how much speach therapy has helped. I was speaking in a way that put more stress on my throat that needed. The breathing techniques and voice placement techniques are an enormous help. I've only been going a few short weeks and already I'm seeing a difference. If I try to speak the way I used to I feel the pain, but speaking how I am beeing taught to is much easier.

    Originally was given acid blocker pills. However I read, that those pills do not treat the problem but the symptom. GERD is cause by low stomach acid. So those pills will not treat the cause only the symptoms. I'm currently seeing a holistic doctor and I'm confident that this is the way to go. They help you address the root of the problem. I'll let you know how it goes. Also I would have been very depressed in all this if not for my faith. I kept my trust in God and my eyes fixed on Jesus and He is blessing me and helpming through it.

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      Hi I've been struuggling with my voice as well for about 7 weeks now.It all started when i had the flu and sore thoat i got over the flu but still have no voice i have been to doctor who looked down my thoat he told me i had swollen vocal cords and had fouwould on them it is driveing me crazie i work in high noise inviment and i need to give instruckions to people and gets frastating 
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