Anyone other there, I have had sever asthma, since I was 26 after a really bad cold, I had to see and asthma doctor. While having to take very high doses of steriods, they don't always help. So they did a mini broncoscopy and found that one vocal cord was not moving in the same direction. I have since seen a ent guy and spl, to get the breathing techniqies down pat.. However when I go into the er, they are now saying that its always vcd. I was told that if the o'2 stats are high that its vcd and if they are low that is asthma. Also if I have an expiratory wheeze that it is asthma. Are there any other ways to define what is asthma and what is vcd?
I would love to here from anyone or if they have a website to see.. I have checked out the national jewish research center and cantbreathesuspectvcd.Com . Which has alot of really good information. I had a serious attack of vcd, yesterday and boy was it scary, I have 1000's of asthma attacks in my life, but this vcd is crippling. I have been told that one its causes is reflux, heartburn or gerd. I feel I need o'2 when I have these attacks, but the doctors will not give me o'2.. I don't want to spend my life at the er.. So any one out there please help.
My symptoms were, chronic throat clearing and choking on spittal and sore throats. I just thought it was age!!!
Difficulty breathing, Abdominal Tightness
I've been having alot of trouble breathing since March and was diagnosed with VCD. The tightness also comes with abdominal tightness. So bad that my stomach literally hurts to breath in. I was told to take shorter breaths, but in reality exercise and deeper breathing for atleast 15 minutes seems to help. go figure. I have also been diagnosed with asthma but what I have recently doesn't fit with that. I don't have any wheezing, and all my allegy tests came back negative for trees, grass, mold and pollens. But alot of the days that I have trouble breathing other people are as well. Also, when I have asthma, It doesn't cause the abdominal-diagram tightness that i've had for the past 2 months. I can't tell what part of the problem is asthma, VCD or maybe anxiety making it worse. So if its Asthma, your supposed to relax and take short breaths to relax your lungs, but if it's anxiety, that causes you to stop breathing deep, and that causes discomfort too. I really don't know what to do at this point. when I exhale deeply I have a whistling noise coming from my troat -voice box area so that is probably the VCD. I also have the constant clearing of the throat and difficulty swallowing..
Welcome peppermintpatty girl,
My heart goes out to you, its very complicated issue having asthma and vcd. VCD does come with some panic issues. Its been 2 years now since my diagnoses and i went to speech therapist to learn how to do short sniff breathing to open and retrain the vocal cords. This must be done to retrain them as when having an asthma attack, u can't do the short sniff breathing. ( u do this by sitting with the mouth slightly open, and gently sniffing, so that your nostrils move, u can feel the vocal cords opening, look in the mirror and look at your nose, the sides of the nose will move a bit, its just a short quick sniff. ) do this 5 times in a row, 5 times a day.. I know its a pain but it does help.
Now who diagnosed your asthma? Was it an asthma specialist?? Very important that it be done by a specialist!! This will help as he should have knowledge of vcd. That noise from the throat is VCD, Asthma doesn;t always wheeze as you may be congested and not know it. Please concentrate on not panicing when your scared, deep breath, say in your mind don;t panic!! and deep breath.. I hope this helps, it may seem stupid but its not, gotta do the breathing for at least a year,, get into a routine, do it on the toilet loll have a good day ww