Friday, May 29, 2015

Breathing Issue

I have seen a variety of specialists-diagnosed as having no LPR present (last ENT said there was) by two different specialists, and as having vocal cord dysfunction. Breathing exercises help a little and .5 mg. of Klonopin helps a lot, but doctor wants me off it. Are there other treatments that work for this? Symptoms are no heartburn at all, no problems with food, breathing difficulties, and lump in throat. Occasionally, cords bowed over. Happens every day.

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes... 

It sounds as though your treatment plan is appropriate, as the typical treatment for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion, sometimes referred to as "vocal cord dysfunction," addresses any underlying cause (e.g., anxiety, reflux) in addition to respiratory re-training with a speech pathologist experienced in treating this disorder. 

If the current management strategies have not successfully addressed your symptoms, however, then I would suggest that you seek out another opinion.

Good luck to you!

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