My husband has been to see doctor about his acid reflux and he has had that thing down his throat a year ago. He has Barrett's disease, they said. His esophagus has been bothering him for days. He coughs at night and his acid reflux bothers him. Now it is affecting his vocal cords. What can he do? He eats right. He does not eat junk food. Is this a sign of esophageal cancer? He says his voice hurts? Even he is worried -- which is unusual. The specialists wanted to see him every three years but it has only been one year. thank you, bonnie
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 62
he goes to health food store and takes acid reflux pills
HI, Thanks for your question. My name isXXXXX and I am here to help you today with your question. I will be happy to assist you with your follow up questions also. I would like to mention that i am ENT surgeon so i deal with these vocal cords issues. I need few details. Does he has hoarse voice? Is that voice more hoarse in morning and then gets better with passing day or its better in morning and gets worse with passing day? Any sympXXXXX XXXXXke food sticking in the food pipe, lymph nodes in neck etc? Regards
this has just started. I can tell that his voice is a little lower. It is not really hoarse. He says it hurts. Food has been getting stuck in this throat. I don't know about his lymph nodes. He says he will go to doctor on Monday but this is just a family physician that will probably put him on Nexium.
Thanks a lot for your input. This is most likely to be reflux laryngitis. This can even happen in people with no acid reflux symptoms and still the acid can affect their vocal cords. In his case he is already a diagnosed case of acid reflux disease so its more likely that the acid reflux is causing inflammation of the vocal cords. Cancer is least likely with this presentation. He should get this check by an ENT surgeon who can do a flexible laryngoscopy. I do see a lot of patients with voice change secondary to acid reflux so as per his past history and current symptoms the reflux laryngitis is most likely. Getting nexium is right step but along with that he can suggest his doctor to give him tab domperidone which is pro kinetic agent and reduces the time for which the food stays in the stomach, this resultantly reduces the acid production. Lastly one most important thing is hurting voice which is a symptom of laryngitis rather than a cancer and its something which make me sure to say that its not a cancer. So please reassure him that he doesn't need to get worried at all. I wish him all the best for a good health. Our discussion is always open so please anything any time, you will find me helpful. Your excellent feedback will be appreciated.
MBBS, FCPS ,EXPERIENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY