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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Losing my voice with asthma

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This falls under the category of strange but true - losing my voice with asthma.

And this happens to be my husband's favorite thing! Ha ha.

When I have a severe asthma attack, or get bronchitis or pneumonia, I lose my voice. It usually happens after a bad coughing spell.

I can't speak above a whisper. 

The first time it happened, I was really surprised. It doesn't seem to last very long -  if I'm sick, it will last for a few days.

This was a problem this spring when I had bronchitis. I couldn't call Asthma Doc's office to make a doctor's appointment, because they wouldn't be able to hear me on the phone.

So, I had to have whisper to daughter Kitty that I needed her to call Hubby. She told him what was happening, then he called Asthma Doc's office to make an appointment for me. Sigh.

If I have a sudden asthma attack and use my inhaler, I can also lost my voice. It will usually last for a few hours. Then, just as suddenly as when I lose my voice, it will come back. My voice will start to crack and then just come back. 

I feel like I should be in an episode of Brady Bunch when Peter goes through puberty and his voice is changing.

It wasn't always this way. 

This just started about 5 years ago. No idea why.

When I tried to look up reasons online, all I could find was a topic about Laryngitis on WebMd.

I don't like it really fits this situation.

Anyone else have problems losing their voice with an illness or sudden asthma attack?


3 comments:

  1. Vocal chord dysfunction? It reminded me of a book written by temple grandin's mother "thorn in my pocket." She sang so much that her vocal chords were hemorrhaging and had to whisper for 6 months and she had an emotionally abusive husband. Not your situation but imagine having to whisper for 6 months. Temple grandin is an autism activist and I really look up to her.

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  2. And I see you now approve comments. I think that's a good think, there was too much spam

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    1. Yes, once I finally figured out how do it! There have already been multiple comments all about how to cure asthma with herbs and to be sure and contact their doctor who lives in Africa...

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