Vocal Cord Dysfunction

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   Posted 4/29/2013 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got back from the clinic today, found out that I have a vocal cord dysfunction. Unfortunately, I was sent home having to deal with my constant shortness of breath. Was hoping to have something to take home with me so I could breathe better... oh well, I guess the stories are true, going to the doctors office wont do you any good.

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   Posted 4/29/2013 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry the doctor wasn't any help. What issues are you having with your vocal chords?

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   Posted 4/29/2013 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having breathing issues related to my reflux, but for whatever reason it has been worse these last couple of days. Anyways my vocal cords are quite swollen dispite my ppi treatment. As a result of the inflammation there making breathing in difficult.

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Had the TIF done 2/2012 and still am symptomatic.

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   Posted 4/29/2013 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi TheSixness,
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! 
Good luck!
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

(Vocal Cord Dysfunction)


Relaxed Throat Breathing Exercises


During practice:


1.  Sip water before and after doing these exercises.

2.  Exercises:


A.  Shoulders Down 

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, sip)

Breathe through your mouth

Relaxed lips

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 the exhale.


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.

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Post Edited (dencha) : 4/29/2013 5:45:09 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/29/2013 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I'll try them out.

I'm pretty scared right now. My reflux is completely out of control these last 5 days and I can't get help from any medical personal. I just took a nap and was struggling to breathe an hour later I woke up in a gasp and could feel pressure between my nose. It was completely congested and my throat super tight. My breathing problem is making my reflux worse. Not sure why I went from being capable of working to not being able to do basic functions. I strongly believe I will be hospitalized by the end of the week...

Went to the clinic today, thinking of going to the ER soon.

Fighting daily pain from gastroparesis, gerd and lpr!
Had the TIF done 2/2012 and still am symptomatic.
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