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  1. tarak

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    Hey all.

    I sing for a living, and for 5 weeks I've been having trouble with my voice. Even talking is a strain. I've taken a break from everything that is "bad"- coffee, caffeine, soda, alcohol, and....the pipe. I'm also being treated for just some horrendous reflux so that's part of why everything is on that list too. Tomorrow I see an ENT to discuss my vocal issues.

    This is just killing me. No coffee, no Gin & Tonic....and no pipe. Its a nice night and I just took the dog for a walk and I wanted a pipe so bad. This sucks.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. mrjerke

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    Sorry to hear Tarak. And for all us who know you personally we know how hard it is for you to not talk.

    But rest you must. I'll do enough smoking for both of us.

    Get well my friend.

    Jordan

    "The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead." - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. tennsmoker

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    Take care of those pipes, both briar and vocal


    The past is never dead. It's not even past--Requiem for a Nun
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  4. peckinpahhombre

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    Terrible news Tarak. Maybe you need to develop a raspy Joe Cocker type voice?

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  5. woodsroad

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    Yeah, Bob Dylan and now David Gray...they ain't no pikers.

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  6. piperl12

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    Get well my friend! I am suffering a cold right now so I know about the temptation of the pipe calling to you when you go to walk the dog. I have a three pipe rack on the wall by the front door so it is easy for me to grab one on the way out the door.

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  7. anthonyrosenthal74

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    That reflux could be a big part of it too. Really messes with the esophogus (or however you spell that... too lazy to look right now)Take care of those pipes, brother, and smoke a pipe when you're able. Gotta take care of the instrument first and foremost. Get well.

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  8. petes03

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    Hope all is well soon and you can get back to the briar!

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  9. flakyjakey

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    Tarak, apart from what you've said I know nothing of your details, but with a bit of luck acid reflux could be a major part of the problem with your voice. If you are having significant heartburn this could mean that some of the refluxing gastric acid is affecting your vocal cords. Acid reflux is much easier to treat these days; 'proton pump inhibitors' taken orally can often wipe it out - fingers crossed. Good luck!!!

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  10. buster

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    Acid reflux is not fun. I started getting it when I hit 40. I just avoid certain foods and do not eat after 7 pm. For the most part that works for me. I did not like taking pills all the time for it. Hang in there hopefully this is a temporary thing and will pass?

    Think slow, act fast.
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  11. gwtwdbss

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    I hope things improve for you tarsal. Let us know how things go please.

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  12. mso489

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    Tarak, take are of your instrument, as vocalists call their voices. The tobacco pipes won't run off
    while your vocal pipes get better. Yeah, that reflux is a bummer. Good that you are on these health
    issues. Do that first.

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  13. chispa

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    Stress can be a factor. Try some relaxation.

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    Get well Tarak. Smoking Singing is a priority and you need your rest.

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  15. tarak

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    Thanks all. Undoubtedly the reflux and vocal issues could be connected. Question is what the current damage is. I'm sitting on the office right now waiting for the doc.

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  16. numbersix

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    Good luck tarak. FWIW, I had bad reflux years ago. I gave up coffee for about 2-3 mos. My reflux went away completely. After that I returned to coffee and yet my reflux hasn't returned. So who knows - maybe it will reverse itself after a break.

    "Be seeing you"


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  17. 05venturer

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    I had suffered with acid reflux for over 10 years before I finally decided to do something about it. Doc prescribed omeprazole and it is basically wiped out for over 5 years now. Good luck buddy.

    Kent

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    Feel better T, I hope it is only a short term thing.

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    I had really, really bad gastritis last year, and took omeprazole which cleared it right up. I got it because I was drinking too much white wine. The doctor said to stay away from white wine and beer, but I could drink as much red wine as I liked. That's why I like French doctors.

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  20. tarak

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    Hey all. Report from the ENT:

    He does not think I have vocal issues due to reflux.
    He says my vocal chords have thickened from overuse, and recommends steroids and vocal rest (in December working for a church- right!)
    He also said he thinks my pipe smoking is "no big deal" as it relates to singing.

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  21. mrjerke

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    Rest up. Hire a choir and puff away!

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    Get well soon, Tarak, and join us in a bowl as soon as you're able.

    Eric
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    Now that's a good doctor who says the pipe is no big deal. Docs like that are hard to find these days. Get,well soon.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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  24. soggycitybob

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    I know how this feels. I'm also a professional musician and singer. Had to cut out smoking this last summer for an intense stage role. As much as I enjoy the pipe, I have to be sure to keep the voce at top quality, especially for a lead role.

    Gladly, as soon as the final curtain on the last show was down I had my pipe ready. Ahh....

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    Tarak,glad to hear the pipe smoking is not the issue. Did your doctor prescribe a 30 day regiment of Prednisone? If so, just be prepared to be real hungry as it increases the appetite big time. It will also bloat you to a degree. I hope you get your voice back quickly.

    Harris
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    Happiness eludes smokers who can't smoke. Best of luck!

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    Acid reflux--drink half a glass of grapefruit juice with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey every morning. It's a natural remedy without having to take prescription drugs.

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    Twenty years ago I was choking and burning almost every day. Got checked and diagnosed with GERD. Some damage but not serious. Started with prescription Prevacid, immediate relief. Now I still take it or Protonix usually about once a week. You can buy Prevacid now OTC.
    I know how miserable that feeling is, hope you get some relief.

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    He says my vocal chords have thickened from overuse, and recommends steroids and vocal rest (in December working for a church- right!)

    Yes, it's a hard month not to sing for us church musicians. I hope you can get some rest for the voice, or maybe some divine healing, or both.

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  30. allan

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    Tarak

    I feel for you. Your voice is your living, and its a real drag trying to do this balancing act of not overusing it, and yet this is your busiest season.

    I'm not a praying man, but my thoughts are with you.

    As Kash said, finding a real doctor who understands pipe smoking is a real rarity in today's climate. Every doc I go to (there are many) tsk tsk's me about smoking anything. Its just the way it is now.

    Good luck handling this challenge.

    Allan
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