It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update this website. I hope to update the scholarly articles about the latest research findings concerning exercise-induced vocal cord dysfunction. Please respond to this post with any new questions or comments you have.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Please do update! My swimmer age 15 was just diagnosed with VCD. She had to withdraw from the 200 fly this past weekend due to an almost collapse of the larynx on the 100 Fly. It does not seem to effect her much when swimming free. However she is a butterflier! We have an appointment for a VCD speech Dr.
    Has anyone had any luck on new exercises to diminish the spasms? thank you! Erika

  • November 5, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Erika,

    We had some success with the vocal exercises and breathing exercises, but this did not cure my daughter 100%. The root cause of her VCD was allergies that caused post-nasal drip and sinus infections, which irritated her vocal cords, and then when she swam full-out during a swim meet, she would get VCD.

    She did an allergy test, the prick-test on her back, and the results showed no allergies. We went for at least 3 more years of disastrous VCD events before I switched ENT doctors and found one with an allergist who did the allergy testing with shots vs. pin prick tests. The shot test showed that my daughter was mildy allergic to everything. And the allergist also mentioned that since my daughter was allergic to everything, she was also probably allergics to many foods as well, and that the only only reliable way to find out which foods caused problems was to do an elimination diet test.

    So after my daughter took allergy shots to reduce her allergy symptoms for about a half a year, and the allergy symptoms improved greatly, and her sinus infections went away, and so did the VCD. So in my daughter’s case, I think that the VCD had more of a physical cause than a psychological cause.

    I hope this helps! Let me know what happens, if any of this applies to you, and if you are successful in finding a cure! Having VCD means breaking everything down to figure out if you can find the root cause. Anything that causes mental stress or irritates the vocal cords can cause problems in my experience.

  • March 6, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I’ve been dealing with this for years. Mine is caused by constant post nasal drip. The problem I have is the allergies tests have come up with nothing. My deviated septum has already been fixed. Other issues were fixed. I’m at a loss at what is causing it. My question is about trying a gluten free diet. What does your swimmers diet look like if you don’t mind me asking? Do you have to worry about cross contamination with food products? Sorry if I sound super naive. I’m just frustrated dealing with this. Thank you!

    • July 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Hello justdancy,

      Sorry I’ve been away from this website for a while.

      Have you tried the allergy tests that use actual injections with a hypodermic needle rather than the kind that use pinpricks? My kid did not react to anything when they did the pinprick tests because the dose of allergen was too low. With the injections, the allergist increased the concentration of the allergen until there was a reaction. This allowed the allergist to find mild allergies that aren’t revealed by the prick testing. We had to hunt around to find an allergist that did testing this way.

      In the case of my daughter, she was mildly allergic to almost everything, both indoor and outdoor allergens, which, when combined, caused her to have constant allergy symptoms. The allergy shots really helped her get over the chronic sinus infections and VCD. We did a lot of other things such as removing carpeting in the house, installing shutters on all the windows instead of drapes or Venetian blinds, replacing all the old ductwork in our house that had insulation exposed on the INSIDE of all the ducts, etc.

      My kid did try a gluten-free diet. She said it helped, but not as much as the allergy shots. With the shots, she was able to lead a somewhat normal life again, eating the foods she was used to, without sinus infections and VCD.

      Good luck!!

      • July 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm

        Hi Vivian,

        Thank you for getting back to me. I’m pretty sure they did both types. They did the pinpricks first and then used the actual needle with 10x the amount of each allergen. Nothing came up. That’s why I was wondering if it had something to do with food.

        Maybe I’ll try to find an allergist that does testing that way, but the only treatment that helped was the pneumococcal vaccine.

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