He put a needle in my throat

Over the summer I had some changes with doctors. One change was to see a vocal chord dysfunction (VCD) specialist to make sure I’m on top of that condition. The guy was very nice and extremely informative. He wanted to stick a camera up my nose and down my throat like every other ENT I’ve ever seen. That wasn’t a big deal. The surprise came when he informed me he was going to stick a syringe into my neck in order to numb my larynx.

He couldn’t quite find the spot he wanted to because of my beard. He cracked a joke about next time I better have it shaved off. He stuck the needle in, told me I could cough soon, and when he pushed the plunger in I could hear the liquid spraying inside of my throat. The sudden urge to cough was awful. This definitely wasn’t something I’d rank high on the pain list, but it’s easily in the top 5 for uncomfortable.

It turned out all the wheezy stridor I’ve had for ages isn’t coming from my throat. My lung doc says it is, but the throat doc/VCD specialist says no. He gave me some more information about the condition I hadn’t heard before and went over some techniques in case my throat is closing up on me.