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Vocal chord dysfunction and asthma and allergies
Brendave posted:
I am so frustrated right now. I have had asthma and allergies basically from birth. So I have had to treat them since then. Sometimes I have had to change medications in order to get some sort of control over them. Now I recently in the last year have felt like I am sick with colds, viruses, bronchitis that seem to persist and not really go away! So having chest congestion and shortness of breath have kept me off work sometimes a week at a time. I went to a pulmonary specialist who has told me I have this vocal chord dysfunction. Can this make you so sick you feel like you have bronchitis and cannot function with everyday activities for that extended amount of time? I have a lot of sinus problems also so I do swallow and cough up thick discharged all the time. Can a vocal chord episode last this long, and be continuous making you feel out of breath like this? I started crying when he told me some of this information because I have been so scared of loosing my job and not be able to support my family! Does anyone think I will be able to get back to a lifestyle that is normal for me?
sgbl88 responded:

I have many of the same problems. What did you dr tell you about VCD? The only way to firmly diagnose VCD is and ENT scope exam of the throat in which the vocal chords spasm during the exam. What kind of dr treats your asthma? Have you had allergy immunotherapy?

Would you be willing to share your treatment plan? It might helps us make some suggestions to tweaks you can discuss with your dr.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I have had asthma and allergies my whole life, but the asthma was not diagnosed until 2000. Then in 2008 it got severe. I started allergy immunotherapy and was diagnosed with VCD. I had constant thick mucous and chronic cough. I was getting very sick about every 8 weeks in 2008 and decreasing to every 4 weeks in late 2010 and into 2011. I was very sick from mid January to mid-March 2011 and then again in the end of March. In May of 2011 I was diagnosed with Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease. Aspirin desensitization was life changing.

Do you take Mucinex and/or a decongestant? Mucinex thins mucous so that it is easier to cough up. Drinking lots and lots of water is also helpful. Do you take Singulair or another leukotriene modifying? I have to take Zyflo twice a day or I start having mucous issues again.

I have had mycoplasma pneumoniaand bronchitis since aspirin desensitization, but I don't get as sick as I used to.

Keep us posted.

Take care,
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