My step dad has gradually (and mysteriously) lost his voice over the last couple of years. He can barely talk at all, and it is extremely frustrating to him. He's been to many doctors who all tell him there is nothing wrong, except for on his first visit he had a couple of nodules/polyps(?) that resolved themselves by the next visit. They suggested that maybe he was "holding his vocal chords differently" since he had the nodules before, but I think it's more than just that because it literally sounds like his throat is in a vice all the time.
Since the doctors all told him nothing was wrong and that it was in his head, he has been seeing a hypnotist/therapist who doesn't seem to be able to help him much, either. Personally I don't really think it's in his head. He is diabetic (but keeps his blood sugar #s reasonable by eating lower carb..but still eats gluten) and seems to have issues with acid reflux but only sometimes. Do you think that gluten could be causing this? I've seen a few links here and there that say food allergies can cause voice loss but mostly because of swelling in the throat, and others that say gluten can cause acid reflux. My mom is mostly "in charge" of all his food (even though I usually cook a paleo dinner, she will supplement with bread, noodles, etc and that's mostly what he eats for other meals) and she won't take him off gluten.
Have any of you had vocal issues that cleared up after eliminating gluten? Something else? Any insight would be helpful.
EDIT: After a lot of pondering and research, I have come up with the hypothesis that a daily dose of SPLENDA is causing the problem. I got him to go off the Splenda. Splenda can cause terrible thyroid and vocal problems (among about a million other things). I will post back if his voice comes back after a while off Splenda. I just wanted to update in case it could help someone else with the same problem. Splenda sucks. :(
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on December 15, 2011
at 06:45 PM
I had a very hoarse voice for years, particularly in the morning, from sinus drainage and GERD.
After less than a month of ancestral eating, both problems disappeared. The stuffy sinuses and throat drainage--with chronic hacking cough--were definitely gluten. The few times I've had wheat since I immediately stuffed up and resumed coughing and my voice got a little hoarse.
The GERD is still hanging around in the background but I don't have problems unless I eat a large meal after 4 pm. If I push the boundary too hard, I can feel reflux when I lie down; I usually sit up for a while and drink water and most nights I'm okay after that. I don't even have a yellow tongue anymore.
on December 15, 2011
at 07:13 PM
I agree with the gluten possibility, but if he's not willing to give it up, even for a short while to test it out, there's not much you can do there...I never cease to be amazed and confused at people with serious health issues who are unwilling to take steps to heal...my father has GERDS and refuses to try anything outside of popping pills, and I've had morbidly obese clients unwilling to give up gluten, even on a temporary basis...my other thought is that I wonder if he's had his thyroid tested. Voice hoarseness can be a hypo or hyperthyroid symptom.
on December 15, 2011
at 06:26 PM
Gluten can cause issues regarding acid reflux (GERD). Chris Kresser has many articles on this. Based on his writings and explorations, I believe your father's GERD can be improved by the elimination of all gluten.
As for the loss of voice, I'm no doctor, but you've already identified that your father's diet is fairly good, despite the gluten-containing items. It wouldn't hurt to see if gluten is the culprit, seeing as it could also ameliorate his acid reflux, and other potential lifestyle factors.
How's his sleep and stress levels? Any hidden funkies in the food he eats?
on December 17, 2011
at 04:53 PM
Could he get a full thyroid hormone panel? Thyroid problems can bring on hoarseness, and, I assume, eventual loss of voice if not treated. It's a lot of effort to investigate if the doctor is not conversant with the various tests and ranges of results.
on December 16, 2011
at 01:05 AM
Not diet related, but there was a special on TV earlier this year about a woman who lost her voice. She saw countless doctors. Finally one doc massaged her throat/vocal cords and it worked. http://tinyurl.com/86jqkcl