Several years ago my allergist at the time thought some of my breathing issues could reside in my throat. Unfortunately, like many of my other conditions, at the time I wasn’t experiencing enough symptoms for the proper doctor to follow up on that. Now several years later things like vocal chord dysfunction have been brought up once again and I figured I need to get that checked out.
My first step was to once again acquire a local ENT. I had a great one before we moved and then had a terrible experience after we moved. The doctor was so-so and the staff was a nightmare to deal with so I just quit going. I had some reservations about returning, but decided I needed to just man up and do it. Turned out that doctor with whom I was not thrilled no longer worked there and the new one they switched me to was amazingly better. He was somewhat impressed with my list of medications and conditions and thought it’d be a good idea to go ahead and get a video laryngoscopy and see what that turns up.
Last week I went to the rehab center and met with a speech pathologist. The easy, non-evasive scope wasn’t able to do the trick due to my over-sized tonsils and uvula, those wonderful things that greatly contribute to the OSA and enlarge when the allergies act up. Everything was a little red which can be caused from the GERD and all the inhalers I use. There was also some thickening in my vocal chords most likely caused by the years of coughing and throat clearing. The good news is there wasn’t any blatant signs of VCD, but there’s probably a little something going on there which is contributing to everything else.
For now I’m following up with the speech pathologist who is going over some stretches and voice exercises with me to make sure I’m speaking with the right part of my throat and not tensing up. The staying relaxed bit is good for several reasons and most of what she’s having me do are things I’ve done in the past to one degree or another when I used to lift all the time. It’s been a wild and crazy 8 months. It’d be great if my five doctors could get this figured out for me.