I have tried everything it seems for several years to get rid of this thick mucus that comes and goes in my vocal chords. I went to an ENT again and they went down my throat with a camera and were able to show me on film the thick stringy mucus in my vocal chords. Both ENT's said they thought it was acid reflux and so I have been on Prilosec for 3 weeks now(also called omeprazole-20 mg) and yet no change yet(I have had hardly any symptoms of acid reflux, but just recently have had little burps of gas come up from time to time but very infrequent).
Is there anything you can take just to get the thick mucus in your vocal chords dissolved so you can speak. I am a professional actor and am desperate. Anybody have any luck with solving the basic problem of the mucus in the vocal chords or have any idea once it is in the vocal chords how to get immediate relief from it. It is so discouraging that I cannot to date find a doctor who can help this problem. It seems someone should have an answer. Thanks for any help you can give me. PS I cannot sing anymore with this problem which is devastating to me and of course has hindered my acting career(musical theatre).
I had this terrible problem too, that is until I Discovered the magic of simply blowing my nose! yes, that's it. Blow your nose one nostril at a time and the mucus from your cords will come right up thru your nostrils and out into the ozone! believe me this works. Sometimes i may have to "tickle" up into my nostrils with tissue paper and force myself to sneeze but when i do..out comes a glob of mucus! i just keep repeating til i can feel that my throat is clear. give it a try.
I too suffer from this problem, have done since childhood.
Now in my sixties I still suffer from the problem,that is if I FORGET!
You will say 'Forget what?'
The answer is ; forget to NOT cough, ( clearing ones throat)
It is a self perpetuating problem, for example when we are a little bit nervous, (say we are about to make a public speech) we tend to utter the sound "eehmmm", to clear our throat, if still, the "frog-in-the throat" persists we do it again, and again, but by doing this "eehmmm" we are irritating the vocal chords more and more ,so they produce more and more mucus,which can go on and on indefinitely.
Try to AVOID BEING NERVOUS , have one or two drinks (no more)30 minutes before a speech,AVOID COUGHING.
When the mucus is fresh (the first of a new bout of the problem) , the "eehmmm" works fine, the frog comes up, but straight away the vocal chords start producing a stronger batch.....and so on..
Try to "live with the Frog in your throat, that is the only it way it will go away naturally, always drink plenty of water anyway.
And "eehmmm" (dam,Ive done it again) "eehmmm" good luck
I used to have a similar problem where the mucus would be overtaking my life. I would cough and cough and it still wouldn't go away. It kept me awake at night and it was embarrassing. I'm going to give you a bit of advice that SERIOUSLY helped me with my problem. STOP DRINKING MILK!
I didn't realize how much phlegm and mucus build up is caused by Milk. I have no problems eating cheese, but I stopped cold turkey having milk by itself. No more cereal (which was hard for me because I've always loved cereal). After stopping the milk, within 3 weeks my mucus had all but vanished. As long as I don't drink milk, the problem no longer exists.
I am experiencing, what sounds like, the same problem. I have extremely thick sticky mucus in my airways. When I'm able to expell some from very hard coughing I get immediate relief for about a minute until more mucus comes to take it's place. I live with a constant feeling that something is stuck in my throat. I have had 4 different ENTs, all associated with Loma Linda medical center, looking in my nose. They all say the same thing, that they have never seen this before. I have had the full battery of allergy testing with no findings. They now are sending me to pulmanary to see if they can find the cause. I really don't expect the answer to be there because I can actually feel the mucus coming down from my nose.
I have had 1 nasal passage scrap, which cleaned one sinus cavity that was severly blocked and one that was partially blocked. I have had another, within 45 days, where they went and scrapped my air passages in my throat and recleaned the nasal cavity. After these cleanings the conditions seems to get better and I felt "normal" for about a month but within 15 - 30 days after stopping the antibiotics and ending the steriod treatment the condition returns. Previous to the surgerys, I have been given steriods and antibiotics, various types and they do seem to help while I'm taking them but the condition returns shortly after I stop the antibiotics. I'm a real estate broker and the ability to speak is a tool I can't do without.
My question to yu have you found anything that helps?
i have similar symptoms...constant phlegm from nose , throat and exact same substance in stools !
i'm leaning toward parasitic infection as the buggars can be seen if you look closely. thats right...they are in your system ( roundworms) and when they migrate is when my worst symptoms appear.
was eating pumpkin seeds that apparently aggravate them.
the same thick mucus from all three 'orifices'.
easily visible ' worms' of green/brownish color.
i have every animal listed as carriers so it makes sense in my case. plus...you can SEE them in the mucus!
hope this helps someone
I am a singer and suffer the same fate as you with the constant thick mucus on my vocal chords. I am a first soprano, so it is very hard for me to hit my notes at times. I also, went from doctor to doctor and was very discouraged. One day I was lying in bed and God gave me the answer. I used Mucinex DM and Corricidan tablets for two weeks. They are both expectorants. This thinned the mucus and clear my throat, chest and lungs. At first I felt like a train had hit me, because my body was so used to the mucus and bacteria being there. However, I could tell that it was working because the mucus was thick and dark yellow that was coming up. (Sorry to be so graphic) Moreover, I was able to take deep breathes and hold my notes. After the two weeks, I then would alternate the use of both medicines until I was totally clear. Once, I was clear I started taking one or the other as needed. Recently, I found Mucinex liquid and started using that the night before I had to sing. This has also given me great results. Hope this helps. Disclaimer: You may want to check with your doctor before trying this radical method of dosing.
Though this is years after you originally posted, perhaps this can help someone else. What you are suffering from is most likely a chronic sinus infection, especially if you can feel that there's always a little mucus coming from your throat. ENT's can only see so much themselves without the use of a CT scan of your sinuses, so I feel they commonly misdiagnose or just think it's an 'allergic reaction' or a bacterial infection. So they'll prescribe you some antibiotics, which won't do anything as the infection is most likely viral or fungal if it's a chronic infection. And they'll give you allergy medication which won't do anything because it's not an allergic reaction. They may also give you asthma or, like you said, acid reflux, medication which also doesn't do squat.
Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition, so you need to take anti-inflammatory medication. Luckily, the 3rd ENT I saw after I had the same symptoms as you knew how to treat it, and after my CT scan, gave me 70mg of a shot of Kenalog-40. This shot was simply miraculous. After so much crap I had tried and medications I had taken, this shot (an anti-inflammatory shot) allowed my sinuses to drain properly and allowed me to finally talk without hoarseness as the mucus was no longer sliding down my throat, getting caught on my vocal chords.
If you want to go the natural route (which I had looked up before getting cured by my 3rd ENT), take fatty acid pills, filled with Omega 3's & 6's oils, and a Bromelain supplement. Both have natural anti-inflammatory properties. For Omega fatty acids, take 2-7 grams (2000-7000mg) a day during meals. For Bromelain, take 500 mg 3/day in between meals (absorbs better if not consumed w/ food). Try to cut out eating meat and dairy for awhile as they can cause inflammation.
I've also heard from people that have had chronic sinusitis, that the Neti Pot/Squeeze bottle works. But, instead of the using the packets that they come with (which are just salt and baking soda), you should use Xlear as that contains xylitol in addition to the salt and baking soda. What xylitol does is help kill off fungi, viruses, and bacteria in your nose.
You can also take some homeopathy medication. The ones that might apply to this situation are Antimonium Tartaricum (a master of coughs and stubborn mucus, can help when the sinuses, or any part of the respiratory system, are full), Hyrastis (best known for yellow ropy mucus following colds that clog sinuses and when draining, can get stuck in the throat passage), or Kali Bichromicum (applies when thick, yellow-green, stringy mucus clogs the sinuses, blocks nasal passages, lines the throat and lungs, and may fill the ears as well).
I've learned a lot from the guy in this video:
The lecture is long but he goes on to explain all sorts of other treatments of sinusitis that are helpful for different people. Hope this helps someone!
I too am a singer & had a cold over a month ago with a lot of congestion. I took Nyquil often which seemed to help a lot, but I ended up with laryngitis for a couple of weeks, which for a singer, not being able to sing or talk for that matter is pretty devastating! I finally am able to speak again, but my voice still cracks when I get to a certain level & my singing is still not happening for the most part! I can't even hum without difficulty & forget about hitting the high notes! My sister is a voice teacher & said I must have acid reflux, but I've never had a problem with that before. I've been waking up with a sore throat, our weather here in the San Diego area has been unusually hot & dry lately, and I don't drink enough water. I do drink milk often though & apparently have a problem with phlegm on my vocal chords. I may try Mucinex, I actually bought some recently & was going to try & see if it helps my problem. Help! I need to sing!
My throat mucus problem started with bronchitis 3 months ago, and I still have a choking, coughing fit problem a few times a day from a "tickle" still in my chest. I also have vocal cord mucus almost constantly, along with voice hoarseness after coughing or clearing my throat. It feels like the mucus is made right in the vocal cords because my nose is clear front and back and no mucus is being produced in my chest. Lemon juice in hot water is the only thing that helps temporarily, but nothing has worked to solve the problem for good.
As with everyone else it seems, my ENT first scripted steroids, then acid reflux pills(omeprazole). Neither helped solve the problem. I truly hope that time is not the only healer for this, as it has already gone on for 3 months and interferes greatly with life enjoyment. It is great we have this forum, as what cures for one may also help others.
I had a thick mucusy feeling in my vocal chords for some time, making me sound hoarse and breathy and a constant feeling of needing to clear my throat. A camera showed nothing significant, just some reddening.
I had had this condition some years ago and hunted up the recommended treatment.
Sip small amounts of water over the day, perhaps amounting to a half to one litre in total and hum - mmmmmm about medium pitch - and yawn as often as you can manage when you are on you own.
It took a few weeks but it has seemed to work for me, for now!
Hi, i have same problem with thick mucus blocking my vocal cord always and makes very difficult to talk clearly. I cough alves to clear the mucus from throat before i talk and this has become an habit and i been experiencing this nearly an year now if i am correct :(
Though i consulted couple of ENTs, the first doctor suggested for tonsillitis treatment and the second doctor said it's coz of allergy and prescribed some allergy medicine.
I reduced intake of dairy products and tried some natural ways (lemon, honey) but din't help much.
After going thru this forum and your suggestions above, i feel some hope to come out from this problem. Can you please suggest the mucinex dosage that i need take (any particular quantity i.e., mg?, how many tablets in a day and for how long) or any other anti-inflamatory tablets which can cure this without any side effects.
It's really great we have this forum, where people can share their problems and solutions.
Thanks all and hope to find some permanent solution...
Help. I am sick of this mucus in my throat and nose and indigestion. I have had every test available and nothing. I am not allergic to anything they have found. My immune system is working well but I still have this. I clear my throat all the time and cannot talk. I am off dairy. That didn't work. I'll try anything. I am not on Allegra and acid reducer which are not working.
This is my first time posting a comment and I just joined today! I am elated with joy to hear of such conversation going on! I too am a vocalist but I sing bass. I have had the problem of feeling like something is on my vocal chords that is hindering me from hitting those low, low notes at will. One day or one moment I'm able to hit a low G2 and within moments sometimes I can barely hit a low C2.
The only way it seems to go away at some point and allows me to hit some of those low notes is when I hum a note in what I would say in an average talking males voice. What comes out sounds like I there are several notes coming out at one time as if I am hoarse. There is never any pain, just very frustrating because I know the notes I can hit. Imagine being able to basically breath out that low chest tone where the floor vibrates when you talk and then all of a sudden it is no longer there for you to feel or hear.
I to have gone to an ENT doctor in which it was considered an operation where he put a steroid on my vocal chord but to no avail. Nothing changed. I've been looking for answers for years. This has effected me since I was in high school. I will take a look at the Mucinex DM to see what that does. If there is anyone that knows exactly what I've been dealing and has anymore answers please respond!!
I landed here as a result of my search for these symptoms. I found that by not taking a medication prescribed for me, my symptoms / problem with excessive mucus around my vocal cords and feeling like I have to clear my throat and upper right chest. The medication is Fenofibrate and if you check those symptoms are listed as a possible side effects of course if you are not taking this medication this probably does not apply to you, it never hurts to consider meds you may be taking however. Of course I am NOT a medical professional and the standard disclaimer of checking with your Dr before stopping any meds etc apply blah, blah, blah http://www.drugs.com/sfx/fenofibrate-side-effects.html
have been suffering with the same issue for over 5 years. I have gone to an allergist and had 13 months of allergy shots. Had surgery to correct a deviated septum, had sinuplasty and turbine surgery. Took several courses of meds for acid reflux and nothing has helped.
I also tried all types of allergy meds and it still continues. ENT had me using a neti-pot for a year - no help.
I do not know what to do next.
My issue is not a huge amount of mucus just a little bit. I have to cough continuously just to break it loose, when I do I am good for a minutIe until it irritates me again. We even tried a cough pill to help numb the throat to stop the cough cycle.
Very annoying problem and very frustrating that I cannot get any help.
I have had the same struggles for the past 2 years. I don't have a perfect answer, but I have found during a recent 21-day fast with nothing but protein drinks (containing milk protein, but not milk), that it went away completely during that time! So, I conclude that it must be food related. As I add foods back in, I will monitor when the problem re-occurs.
I'm dealing with much of the same conditions you mention. My doctor is at a loss to explain what's going on. My lungs are clear; I feel I am one good lugee away from wellness. Sneezing helped tremendously; (experienced that just yesterday). I will try the anti-inflammatories. Thanks again.
I have been having a problem with my throat for quite a few years but never looked into it till now. I realised this problem started when I hit my twenties. The problem became worse now in my thirties. I love to sing and sing in the church. Lately this problem became worse when I get nervous before singing. Usually it happens when I do warm ups – when my voice is not “woken up” or when I have had a full day of talking and start to sing. It always happens when I start to sing and it happens when I sing middle notes. I am a soprano and when I warm up at certain middle range to slightly high notes using my throat, modal or chest voice, I will have this issue. But when I use my head voice, I can overcome this problem. The problem is either a mucus or phlegm related issue and it feels like a tiny phlegm stuck between your vocal cords. When you sing, the “phlegm” vibrates with your voice making it sound like a bad vibrato. You can just hear that strange vibration sound in my voice. It is truly embarrassing and I always cover up with an AHEM clearing of my throat. After a few more times of warm up, it usually goes away. HOWEVER in recent times, I realise this problem becomes really bad and worse when I am nervous before a performance. It often happens when I use my modal voice or chest voice or whatever voice that is not my head voice, usually when I sing contemporary style. This problem started becoming worse when I discovered singing with my head voice and I started singing in a more classical style in church. Now it seems when I go contemporary, I often encounter this problem and it escalates when I am very nervous as I have always been before any performance (making me quite redundant as a solo performer). I read about acid reflux but this doesn’t sound like it. I have never seen a doctor and don’t really want to have any probing equipment into my throat or nose. Does anyone have this problem? Is this psychologically caused? What advice do you have? I don’t smoke and I eat quite alright. I may not drink enough water which I have begun to do. On a side note, I know this sounds weird but when I have something oily, it tends to “open” up my vocal chords quite well for singing (and sometimes it doesn't cause that strange vibrating phlegm problem). Many will disagree with me on this one but it has worked for me during choir practices. Oily not like deep fried but more like stir fried (like fried noodles) or with some Asian type chilli called "Sambal".
Hey guys is the mucus any of you are coughing out green or yellow-ish? Because I have been struggling with a condition that started of as a typical sickness and completely ruined my voice. When I say completely I mean COMPLETELY. My singing voice is all covered up in a polyphonic layer of early morning-type of vocal fry that prevents me of singing anything. It improves a bit when I cough some phlegm out, but that doesn't happen everyday. I've been checked by multiple ENTs some say my folds are swollen, but they see nothing organically wrong. I've also had gastroscopy and have no reflux , and i had bronchoscopy there's nothing wrong with my lungs. they say there's nothing wrong with my nose as well. Help please. Here's a video they did on my chords in Paris 2 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tvP2DaKXyg
Wow. You sound like me. I'm a singer...have been singing all my life. I'm a church worship director. I accompany myself on piano. The combination of the two has been my life. For the past three or four years..my voice has gone down the tubes. I came back to the south..where there's lots of humidity etc. and I feel like it's maybe allergies. But. The way you described it is so simlar to my problem. I'll try to place a note, vocally...like maybe an interval such as a 6th...and it sounds awful. Strange vibrating...like I'm singing through liquid...and can't match the pitch!! I've sung all my life!! I've made a living singing and playing. I also feel the congestion in my head...all the time. It's in my ears and between my ears. I sing while I'm leading others...and that's not as bad..because I'm not by myself. But. Singing solos has become a NIGHTMARE for me. I need to sing something tomorrow morning. A song that needs to be in the service..and I have no one else to do it. I'm stewing and worrying about whether I should try to open my mouth and attempt it. I'm going to pray...There are times when I say, "wow...I kind of sound like I used to" ....but I never know when those times are going to come. UGGGHHH.
I have had a sinus infection going on 3 weeks after being exposed to a good dose of moldy clothes. I have just finished round number 2 of very strong antibiotics due to the severity of the sinus infection. One of the sinus cavities was completely occluded. I've had the same mucus on vocal cords you all are talking about. It started out green along with my sinus drainage being green (before antibiotics) but is now just clear to white. It is thick and sticky. I clear my throat continually. I finished my last antibiotic and prednisone steroid just yesterday. Today, i have a sinus headache and sore neck. I am afraid that my sinus infection isn't gone. I suspect that it is fungal and that is why the mucus is continually on my vocal cords. Antibiotics don't kill fungus but doctors said most people with normal immunities shouldn't have any problems with this. I had this happen years ago but not to this severity. It took months (almost up to a year) for the feeling of something in my throat and constantly getting mucus up from my vocal cords to eventually clear up. But I had to get air purifiers with hepa filters for a clean environment to help keep irritation down on my vocal cords. Has any of your ENT's said you could possibly have a fungal infection in your sinuses? It does seem like an ongoing sinus probelm. you really need a CT scan of sinuses to see the infection. and to verify it, they have to get a sample of it. mine is in a spot they cannot reach without surgery. so, I will see how I do for the next few days and go from there. I have my air purifiers running, which does help. But I am dismayed that I still have the feeling of something in my throat all the time. I love to sing at church also, but I cannot sing now as it is. I hope you all are healed of this horrible condition. I will try the robitussin and the vitamins. If I continue to feel badly, I guess I will go to an ENT. If anything helps, I will update this post. thanks!
I have probably posted here in the past but ended up here again doing a Google search, yet again, because I am miserable! I am having such a pribkem with chronic dry mouth and throat, hacking up, or trying to hack up, thick mucus. I am very hoarse and some days can barely talk. Cannot sing at all, which is very depressing. Cannot count the number of doctors I have seen, even one at Stanford. I was told my vocal cords are inflammed and could possibky try laser surgery. I do take meds, Gabapentin being one, actually for GI issues. I have seen that it can cause hoarseness. Mentioned it to the GI doctor at Stanford but she said she had never heard of that and kind of dismissed it. This is not a med I can just stop taking. This is horrible and I can't get any answers. I have been tested for Sjorgens and had two biopsies that were negative. Unfortunately, I am a smoker but this is beyond the effects from smoking.
Do you drink soya milk by any chance? I've switched back to dairy from soya and my voice seems to have improved although it's early days. Saying this I've read that other people find soya better than dairy.
I'm an actor who's "suffered" from the same problem. The phlegm became a nuisance and also undermined my speaking confidence, thereby creating an additional challenge. I "suffered" for years. Here's what helped immensely, some of which is stated in above threads.
1) CUT THE COFFEE, AND THE MILK THAT GOES WITH IT. I substituted with green tea, which has caffeine, but not the same kind as coffee. I add 1/4 teaspoon of organic honey.
2) Speaking of milk, try cutting as much dairy, and the foods that go with them, as possible. I've been drinking almond milk instead, especially with cereal.
3) Speaking of cereal, try gluten free. I'm not allergic to gluten but buying g-free cereal, bread, pasta and snacks has, I think, had a benefit.
4) Eliminate chocolate, thereby getting rid of the "bad" kind of caffeine and milk products.
5) I've read bananas (which I love) and other starchy veggies and foods create mucus.
6) General diet no-no's: Soda; pizza; greasy burgers and fries, fast-foods, junk foods, Mexican or Italian or anything with too much cheese and grease.
7) Use Olive Oil when cooking.
8) Hydrate with water.
9) THIS IS ANOTHER HARD ONE: Stop clearing your throat when you feel the phlegm. Drink sips of warm water instead. The nervous system is a delicate things. After all these years of clearing my throat constantly, I not only damaged my chords, but TRAINED my larynx to regard constant throat clearing as a normal function. We have to retrain our nervous system to NOT clear.
10) Other helpful items: unfiltered organic apples cider (really tart, add a tablespoon with half-glass warm water; sip) air purifier; foods and vitamins with omega fatty acids like FRESH fish .
11) I cleanse my nasal cavity only when I have mucus buildup with Arm & Hammer Saline Nasal Spray which you can get OTC.
12) Find a vocal coach (speaking or singing) who understands the problem and take some more lessons. And remember not to clear your throat from phlegm and to sip water instead. This is the part that takes the most time.
I have suffered from Chronic PND since 2010. It started slow, first affecting me only after I ate. Then increased to hacking, snorting, coughing all the time. Working with people around was difficult. I tried to suppress it for periods of time by using cough drops, nose sprays, and medications. I finally went to a doctor who sent me to an ENT. I was tested for allergies, scoped, given sprays, medications, saline to flush. Tried new experimental medication flushes. Nothing worked. Finally the doctor recommended surgery. I was desperate and had Tradition sinus surgery. This was about 65 percent effective. It helped me have some control by reducing the amount of phlegm that was being produced. I was able to not hack and snort as much. But still it affects me. When I lay down it seems to subside, when I wake it takes a while to clear my throat and sinuses. It seems to always increase with stress. No Answers yet still looking.
Gargle with very salty water, as warm as you can handle, 3-4 times deeply. It will help with immediate relief, and clean out the vocal cords for a day or so. I had a vocal cord infection (and a 100-102 degree fever) for over 2 weeks before the doctor had to give me a 10 day steroid dose, all at once, to prevent the infection from spreading down my lungs. I did this method a lot, I was desperate to keep my speaking voice in tack, and hopeful for my singing. I have some slight damage and reoccourance, but nothing major. Honey, lemon, whiskey (as bad as that sounds), and peppermint tea help as well, but I know the struggle of trying more natural methods. I hope this helped!
I'm suffering from the same problem. For me, Aircon is the villain. If i sleep with the aircon, mucus will dry up on my throat that i have to make extra effort to be able to speak. So i consulted an Respiratory specialist, she gave me a nasal spray and a netipot. This soothes and flush out the mucus to a great extend.
A month later, i consulted an ENT specialist, she did an endoscopy scanning and found, that my throat was quite dry. She asked me to keep the aircon at 25 degrees, drink lots of water and avoid spicy food, dried food, milk and sugar; anything that triggers mucus.
Its been 2 months, i still have the problem. But if i go through a mucus free diet and an aircon free life, my throat feels much better!!!
But if i break the lifestyle, the problem comes back.
Keep drinking plenty of water, don't let the throat dry out, pineapple juice is a good alternative, it will lube your throat, a lot of musicians drink pineapple juice to lube the throat, it gives them a clear horase free voice.
Also keep your living space hygienic and dust free. Always wash your hands.
I hope someone finds these tips helpful,
I wish you all the best with your recovery.
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