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I've had problems off and on with my voice for over a year. It's getting to the point where 95% of the type, I can't speak properly. I can speak, but at a relatively high pitch, there's no growl or grit to my voice. This is a bit of a problem as my work involves audio recordings which I can't do in this state.
Over the last year I've found that various activities, such as drinking coffee with ginger, drinking beer, or just talking a lot, tend to actually "wake up" my vocal chords and make it so that I can use them properly. However, only recently the problem has become so bad that I've started to think that treating the problem as "excess mucus" is not actually getting to the bottom of the issue.
My vocal fold feels covered in mucus, if I splutter and cough I can eventually clear it, and my voice then sounds normal but within 5 minutes the mucus is back. I can also use other mucicides (such as coffee and ginger, as mentioned) and this has a similar temporal effect which I can sustain if I'm constantly talking at volume. However within a few minutes of stopped, the mucus returns, I feel like I can hardly talk and my voice tone changes significantly.
Upon deciding to investigate the problem (I have also gone to my doctor, who is currently running blood tests and doesn't yet seem on the right track...) I first thought that my problem was LPR. However, I've now been on a strict diet for almost a week. No eating 4 hours before bed, hardly any proteins or meat, no spicy food, small meals, elevating bed, etc. I've been hyperaware of my oesophogus during this time. I'm almost certain I've had no "acid refluc events", but my problem persists as if I hadn't changing a SINGLE THING!
Could this still be LPR? How long does it take to get your vocal chords mucus free after you stop the reflux?
I would be prepared to think allergies may be invovled, as I do have some food allergies. But there's no feeling of itchiness, no mucus in my nose, and the only swelling seems to come after I've had a day of coughing and clearing.
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