CAN'T BREATHE? SUSPECT VOCAL CORD DYSFUNCTION!
The References mentioned below (in parentheses) are all listed on web-page
9 of this website. Here is a link to web-page 9: http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com/page9.html
|Also, between attacks*, some VCD patients have noticed
swallowing food and liquids (dysphagia) (Ref.7,10,17,21). Many VCD
patients temporarily feel like they are "swallowing the wrong way" very
frequently, causing some actual choking, that results in an immediate
VCD attack. (Ref.17)
It is generally thought (but not by every medical person) that if a VCD patient faints (syncope)/passes out/becomes unconscious, from a severe VCD attack, that the vocal cords would automatically open up, allowing the patient to breathe again. But, I believe that it is safer to not test this theory out: It is theoretically possible that there could be some exceptions to this theory (Dr. Ray Wood, M.D., at 2003 VCD Conference). And, there may be life-threatening conditions happening, instead of VCD, or along with VCD.
In a few very severe cases of VCD, tracheostomy (an opening placed into the windpipe/trachea) has been necessary and helpful. See webpage 4 for many other (non surgical) ways that VCD can be treated.
"In some cases the condition [VCD] can be life threatening: VCD has led to several near drownings among competitive swimmers." (Ref.10)
In the case of infants and babies having "pediatric" GERD/Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, the VCD/laryngospams can be life threatening, and have caused death that was labeled as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). See a good PEDIATRIC GI (Gastro-intestinal) doctor right away, if your child may have gastric reflux.
Some people have a complication of nose (nasal) surgery, after the nasal
turbinates are removed or "reduced" too much. This surgical complication
(bad side effect) of turbinate reduction surgery, is called Empty
Nose Syndrome [ENS] (also known as "secondary" atrophic rhinitis).Some
symptoms of Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS) can include
(sensation) of suffocation, no mucus in the nose, dryness in nose &
throat, burning, nasal congestion, pain, crusts in nose, voice changes
for the worse, hoarseness, etc. Only a very few doctors know about and
treat ENS. Here are links to 2 excellent websites, written by doctors--
Steven Houser, MD., in Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. Murray Grossan, MD., in
California, about Empty Nose Syndrome (secondary atrophic rhinitis).
Both doctors are ENT's/Ear, nose & throat doctors.:
However, to be safe, get emergency medical help, immediately, for any breathing problems! See webpage 4, about getting immediate emergency medical help, in case of life-threatening breathing problems!
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