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ask: Chronic laryngistis -What can I do or what are my option to get it cured?

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Over the last year I have not had my voce more than i have had it. In 2006 I lost my voice for 3 months, i was told by an ENT doctor it wouldn't happen again a rare occurence I paralized my vocal cords. Since then I can't count how many times I have lost it. Within the last year it has become worse I have lostmy voice every month and half til two months. I have no clue when it will comeback, it might comeback the next day or within a month. I never have any other symptoms or any triggering factors. Any help would be much appreciated.

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I have had the same problem. Three yrs ago I lost my voice for five months. Went to a specialist and was told it was due to acid reflux. I have been on medication for that since and this past Labor Day I woke up and it was gone again. My doctor prescribed allergy medication and double the acid reflux meds and still no voice.

November 11, 2011 - 11:50pm
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hi anon,
i'd love to know how you get on at the ENT. i'm in a very similar situation. for the last 3 years i have lost my voice every 3rd month, and i mean completely lost it, no hoarseness, just gone completely. in the last 4 months i have lost it every month without fail. the longest mine has lasted is 12 days....i'm currently on day 4 of this bowt.
i have been to the dr several times who tells me the same, it's just laryngitis, and to rest it. i've just tried to get another appointment but there's none available until next month.
i'm at the end of my tether!!

February 14, 2011 - 12:31pm
Diane Porter

Anon,

Hi, and welcome to EmpowHER! Thanks so much for writing to us. May I ask you a few questions?

When you lose your voice, do you actually lose it completely or are you just very hoarse or weak-sounding? Are you able to rest your voice when you do lose it?

Have you been back to see your doctor? I am interested, what does she or he say now that this is such a common occurrence?

Do you have any allergies, Anon? DId the ENT doctor test you for allergies or talk about whether they could be affecting you?

Do you have any problems with coughing? Do you smoke?

Do you have asthma?

Do you work in an area where you are exposed to anything like fumes or dust or temperature changes on a regular basis?

Do you take any medicines (either prescription or over-the-counter), and if so, what are they?

Do you travel a lot?

In your larynx, something is causing chronic inflammation. The above questions might help us help you figure out what could be causing it.

Is it possible that you have acid reflux?

Here's a very thorough page on chronic laryngitis:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/864767-overview

Here's another page that talks about treatment (based on what's causing it, so it's important to figure that first part out):

http://www.med.nyu.edu/voicecenter/conditions/voice/laryngitis.html

An herbalist's take on chronic laryngitis:

http://www.henriettesherbal.com/eclectic/thomas/laryngitis-chr.html

Looking forward to getting some more information from you, Anon, to see if we can help you narrow down what could be happening.

January 6, 2010 - 8:28am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Usually when I lose my voice it is very faint, this time around I have no voice at all. I do rest my voice as much as I can but I am a mom of an 8 yr old, 5 yr old and a very active 1 yr old. I have actually seen a couple of doctors about it and every one states it is just laryngitis but how many times can I have laryngitis. I guess I am more concerned now than before is because this time is different. I have no voice at all, for me it's more of a safety issue. If anything happens I can not call for help. My family is literally reading my lips to communicate with me.

I have just switched to a new doctor to get another opinion and she has referred me to another ENT. I do not have asthma, I do have some type of allergies but not sure what. Testing never came back conclusive for what allergies but I was told this was normal. No one in my family immediate and non-immediate has any issue with their vocal cords.

I work from home currently but in previous years I haven't held any position that would involve me being near any chemicals or fumes that would irritate me. I don't travel alot due to my kids being so young. Sorry for being all over the place with my answer I was trying to make sure I answered all your questions.

January 8, 2010 - 4:15pm
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