Sep 19, 2012 - 8:14 pm
Hi All -
Had my ENT visit today and all looks good (scope and finger exam).
He certainly heard my voice and agreed it sounded pretty bad, I have been fighting this very weak and hoarse voice for about 2 weeks + now.
During the scope he said to the nurse (who was taking notes) "extremely dry vocals". Nothing on them, they looked clean for cancer....then he asked if I was taking any "prohibitors, steriods" and something else he asked if I was taking (can't remember) I said no.
He said I had "radiation induced Laryngitis".
But when I left, he gave me NO presscriptions or said anything else???? I'm confused. I told him my voice is my job and my voice is critical to me (I oversee two hotels in a resort town as well as an RV Park and work with 20-40 employees depending on the season)...gosh, I gotta have my voice or I can't perform my job.
So I looked online found the following article (old one) see link below (I googled "radiation induced laryngitis" and this article came up
However, living in a small town (3,000 people) I'm sure we don't have a HYPO chamber and all my docs / treatment places are 100 miles south of me.
Soooo...any suggestions on what to try first? Steriods, proton pump (whatever that is)
Also, in full disclosure I want to add the following:
I have been cutting wood for my fireplace for the winter for the last two weeks in the forest using a chainsaw. Almost every-other day. It has been quite smokey in our town the last 3 weeks as apparently every forest is on fire here in Idaho :) There is a 10,000 acre fire 20 minutes north of us now. I have been using the fireplace at night (and boy does it get hot and dry in the house with that thing fired up) and I have been driving my Scout II with no top on it all summer everywhere I go (dry wind in my face) ...so as you can see, unknown to me I might not have been helping myself here ...but I love going and doing and certainly don't want to stop that!