Vocal cord dysfunction

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What is vocal cord dysfunction?

Breathing causes the vocal cords to open, allowing air to flow through the windpipe and into lungs. With vocal cord dysfunction the vocal cords close or constrict during inhalation or exhalation leaving only a small opening for air to flow through the windpipe causing asthma-like symptoms.

Common symptoms reported by people with vocal cord dysfunction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with vocal cord dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)

Data from patients with vocal cord dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with vocal cord dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
acid reflux
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue nausea and vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
atrophy of muscles
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with vocal cord dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has vocal cord dysfunction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 7
30s 13
40s 23
50s 26
60s 14
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 7
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 13
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 50
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from vocal cord dysfunction patients who have completed their condition history
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