Acid Reflux & Singers – Singing with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Singer’s Reflux

The procedure is to help GERD symptoms including heartburn. Eighty percent of patients with GERD also have a hiatal hernia, and during the fundoplication procedure, the hernial sac may be surgically fixed. The procedure can be done with laparotomy, thoracotomy, or laparoscopy.

That’s called LPR. And I’m going to discuss this, too, in a couple of seconds, and some real ways we can identify it, and reconcile it. Okay? So that’s really important. Hey guys!

If you’ve ever overdone it on pizza and beer, you may be familiar with the discomfort of acid reflux. Heartburn, chest pain, and nausea are all hallmarks of reflux. Individuals with persistent throat symptoms, such as hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, or coughing should seek medical attention. The feeling that there is something stuck in the throat, a globus sensation, is a classic symptom of LPR. Many people with LPR do not have any of the typical GERD symptoms.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the long-term, regular occurrence of acid reflux. This can cause tissue and heartburn damage, among other symptoms.

The larynx is responsible for sound production and swallowing. It is the entrance to the windpipe also, and plays a critical role in the airway therefore. Apple cider vinegar, will also help in alkaline. Now, I want to talk about this concept where eliminating acids in the stomach.

At one point last summer I had a REALLY bad cough and had to play 2 gigs where I literally could not project my voice without coughing really hard. So I picked songs that I knew were easy to sing where I didn’t need to really project my voice very much at all and I turned up the volume of my microphone to let the microphone do a lot of the work. Another time I was singing the National Anthem at an MMA event in Queens and right before I sang it I had REALLY bad shortness of breathe where I was almost weezing.

can gerd affect singing

So we need to deal with not allowing this acid to go through the esophagus and get up into the voice box, and we’re going to discuss this here in a minute. To say you have reflux and that it doesn’t affect your singing means to me that you probably do not have acid reflux. In true cases of acid relux the acid kicks back on to the vocal cords causing them to swell. I have yet to meet a singer who can sing well on constantly swollen cords.

Normally, the diaphragm helps keep acid in our stomach. It separates the abdominal cavity form the respiratory cavity. Most people with LPR report improvement in symptoms after 2-3 months of treatment but it may take 6 months or longer for the throat and voice symptoms to improve.

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