This tutorial talks about two forms of acid reflux. One kind you feel as heartburn and you know when you have it and why. The other reflux is common but you dont know you have it. However, it can also cause problems with your voice and singing. Inside this tutorial youll learn how to recognize the effects of reflux on your vocal cords and what steps to take to protect your voice!.
Hi, im chuck gilmore with power to sing. I have reflux. But its not the heartburn kind. Thats called GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. It hurts. You know it when you have it.
It burns in your chest and throat. You take Tums or Pepto Bismol for relief. It can fry your vocal cords with the acid from your stomach. Thats not the reflux I have. I have a silent kind of reflux. I didnt even know I had it until I injured my vocal cords when singing sick.
The ent scoped my cords and found nodules on the false cords and moderate reflux. He said the reflux was making it difficult for the nodules to heal because acid was irritating my injury. Yuck. My kind of reflux was silent to me because I didnt feel heartburn. Its called LPR which stands for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.
Here are the causes, symptoms and treatment options. Im quoting from the Cleveland s online information found here. Acid made in the stomach travels up the esophagus (swallowing tube). When that stomach acid gets to the throat, it is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Anyone can get LPR, but it shows up more often as people age. People who have certain dietary habits, people who consistently wear tighter fitting or binding.
Clothing, people who are overweight, and people who are overstressed are more likely to have laryngopharyngeal reflux. There are many symptoms of LPR, all of which relate to sensations in the throat. Fifty percent of people with LPR do not have symptoms of heartburn or an upset stomach. When there are symptoms, they include: Mild hoarseness Sensation of a lump in the throat Need to clear the throat.
Sensation of mucous sticking in the throat and/or postnasal drip Chronic cough Difficulty swallowing Sore throat Red, swollen, or irritated voice box Personally, I was always clearing my throat. I always had post nasal drip. I also had congestion in my chest even when I didnt have a cold.
Periodically i had soreness here for seemingly no reason. When I sing with LPR my cords feel thick and heavy. Everything feels harder to do. So I try and control it. What I really dont want is the acid to burn my vocal cords and cause permanent hoarseness, permanent damage.