Patient Comments: Reflux Laryngitis - Symptoms


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Comment from: Anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have had mild reflux for some time and when it came on I used Gaviscon. I have hiatal hernia. I recently put on some weight and suddenly I get what feels like a minor sore throat. In the morning I need to clear my throat. My sinuses seem a bit choked, and for two months hoarseness has come. The doctor has done no tests but given me omeprazole. I also get nausea when I wake. I think I need tests to check if it is reflux laryngitis.

Comment from: Lola, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 16

My voice has changed because of reflux laryngitis and I struggle to talk.

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was walking and pain came down the front of my leg to my knee. I have had pain for two weeks. Just when I think the pain is starting to go, I wake up the next day in pain and back to pain all day again.

Comment from: Bserv, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had some spicy barbeque type chips, maybe an hour and 1/2 before going to sleep, and took an 800 Motrin as well before bed. I awoke suddenly to horrible acid reflux in my throat and mouth. I jumped out of bed and ran to the sink where I tried my best to get the acid out of my throat. The next day my throat was very hoarse and by that night my voice was almost gone completely with reflux laryngitis. Today is the 4th day and my voice is starting to come back now.

Comment from: Chronic GERD, 65-74 (Patient) Published: March 26

I have had GERD for several years, but the last seven months have been the worst. Constant coughing, clearing throat with a feeling like something is stuck in my throat. Also like pins are sticking me in the throat which gets me coughing and gives me hoarseness and reflux laryngitis. I use Prevacid Solutab now with Carafate and Reglan. Hopeful I will be having surgery soon for the large hiatal hernia, and a bypass where doctor says they will wrap the stomach around the esophagus which in turn will help with the weight.

Comment from: JLW812, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 22

People experiencing chronic acid reflux/heartburn, please consult a physician as soon as possible. Some of your comments are very disturbing and may be signs of very serious conditions. My dad passed away from esophageal cancer 5 years ago at age 60. He unknowingly had Barrett's esophagus and had treated his acid reflux/heartburn with OTC meds for years. Barrett's esophagus can increase a person's chance of getting esophageal cancer. There are treatments for Barrett's esophagus.

Comment from: Franny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I get acid in my mouth when I eat. It burns and prevents me from tasting food. I cough and get hoarse. I love to sing but lately the acid prevents me from singing high notes and I can't sing more than a couple songs before I get hoarse. Famotidine helps with the reflux laryngitis, but it's tough to deal with the side effects. I have breast tenderness and pain, weakness, insomnia, and losing my temper very quickly. All this and I still feel like I breathe this hot gas. It makes my throat sore.

Comment from: Matt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I had an upper endoscopy which showed a medium hiatal hernia, esophagitis and gastritis. I had sore throat, feeling of a lump in my voice box, and occasional spells of lightheadedness from reflux laryngitis. I saw an ENT, did a laryngoscopy found I have an inflamed voice box (likely due to reflux coming up my esophagus). I started taking proton pump inhibitors and within a week my lightheadedness disappeared, the sore throat and lump feeling were reduced, and the pain on the left hand side of my ribs was less. I also raised the head of my bed by 6 inches.

Comment from: Hazel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I have had Barrett’s esophagus for 6 years and take Zantac because I am allergic to proton pump inhibitors. I also have polymyalgia rheumatica. My specialist prescribed Plaquenil for the arthritis. This caused reflux to get worse, aggravated my asthma and I lost my voice. After a barium swallow and a camera up my nose and down into my throat it was decided I had a swollen larynx. I have changed my diet; small meals, drink only water and cut out chocolate, spicy foods, etc., and it is better, but I still get flare ups.

Comment from: bk, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I am suffering from hoarseness of voice since last two months. I have consulted 4 ENTs in this period and all are of the opinion that it is reflux laryngitis and the only remedy is proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) with motility agents and voice rest. Still my voice is not clear and I have a pain in the throat. All sorts of tests have been done to rule out the possibilities of cancer, neurological or any other possible problem.


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Comment from: annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have acid reflux with cough and sore throat, reflux is bad at night. I had taken esomeprazole (Nexium) 20 gm once per day for 2 weeks but was feeling exhausted and unsteady and disoriented to the point where I could not enjoy much. I am also taking Gaviscon advance after meals and at bedtime. So I stopped for 2 days on advice of the gastroenterologist and then started taking omeprazole 20 mg per day and 75 mg of ranitidine. However I immediately got the same feelings of exhaustion and some dizziness. So cut back to 10 mg omeprazole. I do eat small meals, try not to eat for at least 2 hours before bed and have raised the head of my bed and have extra pillows. The cough and sore throat which did diminish with the esomeprazole are back. I’m feeling rather poorly.


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