Hi, I have been reading your site the past few days. It is one of the best I have read on this subject, and I thank you for this site.
I am a singer and I'm concerned b/c I have had chronic hoarseness/laryngitis for 6-8 months. I haven't lost my voice completely, but my voice delays when I try to sing a note, I get phlegm that often affects my voice quality. And, my range is not very good anymore. I am losing the high and low notes. The most troublesome symptom is that I when talk and sing my voice will often "skip" like when you are talking into a fan (like on the movie tommy boy). Or it sounds like Chewbacca from Star Wars. It happens randomly and I can't predict it. I am very concerned about this last symptom as I have never had this one before these last few months. I do like to sing the breathy style sometimes but I don't do it exclusively. I do have hypothyroidism, but my levels and symptoms for that are very controlled with thyroid meds. I also have high parathyroid hormone and high ionized calcium levels and so I might have primary hyperparathyroidism according to a doctor. Could this somehow affect my voice in some way, if a parathyroid tumor was in a certain location? I also had cushings's disease and had tumor's removed in my pituitary gland and adrenal glands were removed completely. So, I am on hydrocortisone for life. So, I have hormonal issues, but not sure that it would cause this.
I did see a doctor on your list about 4 years ago in Utah and he took a look and at that time saw swelling and determined it was due to LPR. But, I didn't want to take nexium and the like because I didn't like the side effects and I heard it can just make you produce even more acid because the body detects that there isn't enough. But, I wasn't having the skipping problem. Just some hoarseness. And, after my adrenal glands removed, my voice sounded and felt better than ever. But, a year later and I am having problems again.
I know you can diagnose without seeing me, but I wanted to know if my history sparks anything you think could be involved that I could tell a doctor (I have an appt for a different doctor next week). And, have you heard of anyone complaining of the chewbacca sound?