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Fun with what?
Did you know VCD is commonly mistaken for asthma? And just to confuse you a little more, there are people that can have asthma and VCD.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) list the following symptoms of VCD:
Symptoms & DiagnosisSymptoms
Symptoms of VCD can include:
• Difficulty breathing
• Throat tightness
• Hoarse voice
• Voice changes
Several months ago, Asthma Doc suspected VCD in daughter Kitty. (She also has asthma.) Sometimes, her throat feels "tight" (instead of her lungs feeling "tight".) Asthma Doc said the best treatment is speech therapy, but he couldn't find a speech therapist locally who specializes in VCD. I found one through our local hospital system and set an appointment.
This week was her first appointment. Speech Therapist said my daughter fits the typical profile: young females between 14-21 who are very athletic. Hmm.
He is going to spend several sessions with her to help her control her breathing so she can be more active. She will be learning special speech therapy techniques and deep breathing.
She could already feel a difference on the first visit. He made her run the stairs at the hospital, then practice the technique he taught her - and it worked!
Yes, this is only the first visit, but I see hope on the horizon!
Mayo Clinic says your doctor may suspect VCD if:
- It's harder to breathe in than breathe out when symptoms flare up
- Asthma medications don't seem to ease your symptoms
- Results of breathing (pulmonary function) tests or other tests for asthma are normal
If you wonder if you could have VCD instead of asthma (or in addition to asthma), talk to your doc.
There's something new to learn every day!