My asthma doctor gave me some helpful resources on Vocal Cord Dysfunction. I'll paste it in this post. I don't know if it will help in your situation, but it's all I've got! Wish I could help more!
PS...It's recommended that you practiced the relaxed breathing, so you're ready to handle when you have an attack. I'm not sure this even applies to your situation. In most cases, vocal cord dysfunction hits suddenly, and it feels as if you can't breathe. That's when this type of breathing will help.
Good PDF resource for patients:
Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion
Relaxed Throat Breathing Exercises
1. Sip water before
and after doing these exercises.
This is the cue for you to relax
B. Hand on abdomen
This helps you focus on easy abdominal breath support--the
best and most relaxed way to breathe.
C. Gentle, quick
"sip" of air IN (sip, sip,
Breathe through your mouth
about 1 second inhale each sip
D. Gentle blow
OUT (blow, blow, blow)
Through slightly tight lips
about 2-3 seconds for each blow out
3. Practice 5 reps,
20 times per day when you are NOT having symptoms.
4. Make it automatic,
and use it at the first sense of throat tightness to prevent or suppress the
VDC. You may start with the inhale or
5. Use it to
"pre-treat" yourself before known triggers for VCD.
6. This technique can
also be a "stress buster" tool to use in other situations.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 4/29/2013 5:45:09 PM (GMT-6)