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Dry Throat, Losing Voice

Dry Throat, Losing Voice

I'm having a hard time lately with my voice. Well, my throat I guess. It's like my throat and larynx is always dry. So dry I can't speak normally. I have to force my voice out past the dryness. Nothing helps for any length of time. Water, sucking on candy, nothing.

This comes and goes but it's been bad for a couple of weeks now.

Anyone else have this problem? Is it an RD thing?

A myRAteam Member said:

I have a dry mouth all the time, but especially in the night.
I have to put lip salve on and have water by my bed. I thought it might be blood pressure tablets as it started then, but it could be sjogrens as that is a side effect, and i also have very dry eyes, which is all associated with RA.

posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have had a hoarse last 8 weeks! I had my throat scoped. I do have GERD. But, It was more like a cold settled in my voice box. I had to push air in a funny way to make any sound at all. I had an inflamed pharynx. I’ve read that it can be rheumatoid disease related. Try gargaling twice a day with warm water. I was told by the ent dr not to whisper, it was more irritating. But honest no sound would come out when I talked normally. He said to talk as little as possible. I rarely stop so it was a challenge. I should have just read the whole time!

posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks Gina, really good advice. I have appointments next month with both my GP and my rheumy so I'll talk to them about it. I haven't been officially diagnosed with Sjogrens but, yes, I have been told it is all part of the autoimmune fun stuff. lol.

Funny, my mom had Parkinsons and often lost her voice. We always thought it was an atrophy of the vocal chords which was probably true. But, now that I have RA and all of its glorious stuff, maybe she had a sjogrens affect too.

I used to sing a lot and didn't have problems. Maybe its time to sing again. At least in the shower and the car. lol

posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have moth sores, hoarseness, and sore throat with my flares. Have it checked out by your dr, to rule out other causes. I have dry eyes, and dry mouth. I use biotein spray and eye drops to lubricate eyes and mouth. I also use a lidocaine mouthwash for pain when necessary. This is just part of my rheumatoid disease.

posted 6 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I know I'm late to the party here, just catching up on old posts, but I have severe problem with dry mouth and hoarse voice. I use the biotene spray, gel, and moutwash. The mouthwash doesn't leave a coating like some mentioned, so if that is a bother for any of you, the mouthwash may be worth a try. I also use xylitol lozenges, which help, but are not super effective.

Honestly what works best for me is when I have hot tea, particularly when sweetened with honey and the water poured over a lemon wedge. I drink black tea, Twinings Prince of Whales tea to be precise, but a couple of cups in the morning really does seem to help keep my mouth hydrated.

At night I drink mineral water with lime juice in it. Interestingly enough, when I asked the Rheumy for advice regarding the dry mouth, she recommended water with lemon or lime and my wife literally laughed at her and told her I had been doing so for years and I even eat the spent lime wedges, or lemon wedges if I was not able to find limes. The citrus in the water does also seem to help me.

Best of luck!

posted about 4 years ago
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