Chronic Phlegm Problem
I'm 47 years old and have been singing karaoke since 2007. Coincidentally, I started experiencing breathing problems the year before. Initially, I thought I was just out of shape and that's basically what the doctors told me (even though I played volleyball about ten hours or more a week).
These problems increased and I finally found a doctor in 2010 who noted that my breathing passageways were inflamed and narrowed. Around this time, I also noticed a large quantity of phlegm was draining into my throat. The phlegm problem increased and doctors didn't have any ideas why this may be happening. Four months ago, I went on a strict diet, mostly for my heart rate and blood pressure. I had been on a couple diets in the last few years, but it hadn't helped my breathing/phlegm problem.
This time was different, and my phlegm has cleared up substantially, giving me a much clearer tone and wider range. I think I have figured out the problem...my body's ph level is too acidic. I'm starting to take steps to change that.
I sometimes have phlegm flare-ups and today is one of those days. I joined KTV three nights ago and the last two days I had been able to sing nearly anything I've wanted (after watching only the first eight videos--OK, so they weren't great performances, but I was excited!). Today is a different matter. The phlegm hinders my higher notes. Plus, I'm sure the hours of singing high-pitched songs wore on my vocal muscles.
A few questions:
1. Can singing higher notes incorrectly cause phlegm drainage?
2. Are there any warm-ups or other things I can do to reduce the phlegm build-up in my throat before singing. I already drink a ton of water--it's ice water, though, not room temperature.
3. What are the specific (immediate) effects of having phlegm in your throat while singing?