I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I don't know if my problem is related to this or something else but the problem has been constant for the past 7 years. When I was diagnosed with the Hashimotos, it was because I had undergon tests to address this problem.
This is the problem - 7 years ago I had a bad case of bronchitis. After that my throat was never the same. I am constantly clearing my throat. My voice becomes very raspy. It is necessary for me to drink water constantly. Sometimes just swallowing will start a coughing fit. I went through extensive testing about 4 years ago. They biopsied my thyroid (no cancer), ran multiple blood tests, and a barium tests on my throat (found no obstructions). This is when they did come to a conclusion my enlarged thyroid was due to hashimotos.
I have adapted to this problem to the point I don't notice how often I clear my throat; however, I am a teacher. My students have noticed numerous times. Because I teach adults, every class there is always someone that gives me medical advice on how to solve my voice/throat problem.
I am due to see my endocrinologist next week. I've discussed this issue with him and he has no specific answers. I did not enjoy all of the tests I went through last time. It would be nice to have a direction that would finally solve the issue. Your advice is appreciated.