Q: Why do I lose my voice all the time?

December 10, 2008

A: There are many reasons for losing your voice, but one of the most common reasons for chronic voice problems is due to acid reflux. This is not your typical gastro-esophageal reflux (GRED) in that you don’t have to have any heartburn or indigestion. The only thing you may feel is hoarseness, but more often than not, you’ll also have chronic post-nasal drip, throat clearing, cough, a lump sensation, difficulty swallowing, or pain. This is called laryngo-pharyngeal reflux disease, or LPRD.

Initially, try eating dinner much earlier, and avoid alcohol close to bedtime. There are various over-the-counter medications for acid reflux, but they are not designed for this type of reflux. If your problem persists for more than a few weeks, or keeps coming back, it’s probably prudent to see an ear, nose and throat specialist for a proper evaluation.



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