Coping with Chronic Laryngitis

Hey there! It’s been a while since my last post about my 21st birthday celebrations. I’ve been very unwell so blogging took a bit of a back seat this month. At first it started with a cold then developed into sinusitis and laryngitis, thankfully the sinusitis cleared up with antibiotics. The laryngitis however is getting progressively worse. It’s been five weeks since the initial diagnosis with my doctor.

What is laryngitis?

Laryngitis is when your voice box or vocal cords in the throat become irritated or swollen. The symptoms I’ve had are a hoarse (croaky) voice, a cough that I can’t get rid of, a sore throat and gradually losing my voice. I’ve find I’m out of breath easily and wheezing, it is also increasingly difficult to swallow.

My doctor told me that laryngitis usually goes away in 1 – 2 weeks but mine hasn’t. Anything longer than 2 weeks is referred to as chronic laryngitis which can be a sign of cancer or of vocal nodules or polyps. I’ve been given a referral to a ear, nose and throat specialist at the hospital.

Treatments for laryngitis

My doctor signed me off work at the beginning of the month and yesterday, my doctor signed me off again. She felt I went back to work too early and that I need to rest both myself and my voice.

While I’m waiting for my referral my doctor has given me a short list of things to try and relieve my symptons. Or to try and prevent them worsing.

  • Try to speak as little as possible and write things down instead.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Keep the air moist by putting out bowls of water or using a humidifier.
  • Gargle with warm salty water (children shouldn’t try this).
  • Don’t whisper or try to talk loudly as both can strain your voice.
  • Limit the use of aerosols, like deodrant which may irritate my throat.
  • Use painkillers and throat sweets.

I’ll try to update on my progress when I can – I have a lot of time on my hands being signed off work – but at the moment, I feel very run down and just want to sleep. 😴 Being sick takes a lot out of you.

Staying positive

To end on a more positive note, I had a great birthday at the beginning of the month. I turned 21 and my auntie came over to visit for two weeks from the USA. We went to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and spent some time in Weymouth sight seeing and visiting Monkey World. It was lovely to see her. 🙂

How have you been? Have you ever suffered with a long term illness? How did you cope?

All the best,

Kim xx

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