Does anyone else have problems with inflammation of the vocal chords and throat. It makes swallowing difficult and causes change in my voice. It happens to me every so often and I am wondering if AS inflammation can be anywhere in your body, including the throat?
I have had this problem for many years. The runny sinus, loss of voice, inflammation of the throat making it hard to swallow. Etc. The list goes on. I have several autoimmune diseases. AS, RA, IBM, the list goes on. Once I was put on Remicaid things got much better. I still have flare ups, but nothing like it was. My life is much better and I am up and walking.
Yes, I have the loss of voice and it's really sad since I am a music teacher and love to sing. Thankfully, I still have my instrument and can play without too much pain. I take Naproxen as infrequently as possible but that's all I get since Remicaide is so expensive for Medicare recipients. Unfortunately, those on medicare don't qualify to get the coupons from the drug company so my co-pay would be $1000 per treatment... I'm hoping to manage it all with a no-starch diet which I've been on for a month. The pain and eye inflammation is so much better. Sure hoping it helps my voice too!!
Yes and it's not good when answering the phone at work! Also have intense sinus pain unrelated to infection, virus, drainage, etc. Have had a little relief from both using generic Flonase (fluticasond) on a regular basis (like a steroid) along with a generic sinus medication like phenylephrine. Didn't believe nurse at doctor's office when she told me to take the sinus pill for my inflammed throat, but it worked.
I have been having the same problem. I am a music minister and the inflammation is severely affecting my voice. I have seen an ENT who said it was inflammation in the arytenoid cartilege. My rheumatologist said he has not had experience with this area being involved in his practice but he was going to check into it. I have found instances of it in case studues online.
Thank you so much for mentioning this! I've had problems with my voice "giving out" suddenly, hoarseness and pain around the hyoid process (adam's apple on men) for years and never said anything to the doctors I visited because I didn't think it was related. I recently read something on the 'net about how AS can affect the hyoid process and vocal cords. Now I don't feel so weird! :D
You know I have never thought about it being inflammation, but yes I have the same problem. Not all the time but every now and then. It is very weird when your voice changes. I have like a swollen throat most of the time. I don't see why you can't have inflammation of the throat, it happens to "normal" people when they get sore throats. I have always thought that maybe it is my thyroid.