Take a minute to see if these symptoms sound familiar – as they can be a sign of something dangerous.
But the thing is…I don’t have a sore throat or a fever. Am I really sick? Do I need to see a doctor?
In my professional opinion – you need to see a doctor…and quickly too.
Chronic hoarseness alone can be a due to overuse of one’s voice, infection, acid reflux disease, neurological problems and in more rare situations, tumors.
Swallowing problems on their own can also be the result of infections, acid reflux disease, neurological disease, and in rare situations, tumors.
However, both hoarseness and swallowing problems experienced at the same time (for more than 6 weeks) are generally the result of a neurological disease. Also, these symptoms can sometimes be caused by tumors in the head and neck. This is why the symptoms listed above are very serious and can be the sign of a dangerous illness.
ENT doctors diagnose a tumor in the head and neck or a neurological disease during a thorough in-office examination, often followed by sophisticated imaging studies such as CT scans and/or MRI’s.
The take-home message here is that if it has been well over a month and you, or someone you know, has been suffering from hoarseness or a weak voice with difficulty swallowing – see the doctor immediately.
It may save a life.
For more information, please visit www.voiceandswallowing.com