Asthma or Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

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almost medfree
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   Posted 3/10/2015 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends,

I haven't posted in Healing Well for a time. My husband and I recently did a big cross country move.

What I wanted to share is after experiencing a lifetime of asthma symptoms and not experiencing any relief from inhalers or medications, I am extremely relieved to have at last received a more correct diagnosis of: Vocal Cord Dysfunction.

I went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor and after he checked me over and heard about my symptoms and my history, he encouraged me to see a speech therapist who works out of his office.

The therapist inserted a scope down my throat to view my vocal cords when I coughed and when I vocalized the letter E. Then we watched the results on her computer. My vocal cords closed most of the way when I inhaled, especially when I took a deep breath. They're suppose to open when I inhale. No wonder I've been having difficulties attempting to take a deep breath and even with everyday breathing.

I am currently seeing this therapist on a weekly basis and attempting to improve this issue. Interesting that I was told years ago that it appeared I had the opposite of asthma.

If I have this right, an asthmatic has difficulty exhaling and a person who might possibly have vocal cord dysfunction has trouble inhaling. The latter for me has been and is definitely true.

If you have issues with throat tightening, cough, and voice change this might be something you could look into for some possible relief. I had never heard of it. And I've heard there are not many therapists who work with it.

Interesting that my vocal cord dysfunction is irritated by pollution, chemicals, anxiety, talking, and foods that irritate my gerd.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 3/10/2015 6:02:11 AM (GMT-6)

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