Re: Vocal Chord Dysfunction and fainting
We have definitely thought of that, although, the fainting episodes occur when she has the VCD issues... If she exercises, and makes it through without the VCD acting up, she doesn't have issues with the fainting. Eventhough we are now handling the fainting as a separate issue, it all seems to be tied together some how.
We have also ruled out hyperventilation as a cause of the fainting. She has very good control of her breathing techniques, at least according to the speech therapist and physical therapist who worked with her.
The speech therapist also mentioned there are usally underlying causes of stress and anxiety that go along with VCD, and he says he is good and figuring them out, but stated he could not find any in her. But, she does have the type A, high achieving, competitive personality that fits someone who does get this sort of condition. We have been told there is a chance by the time she is 18 it may just all go away, and she will not have problems anymore... but then, her high school sports opportunities will be gone as well. And she is one of those kids who loves to be involved in sports. She considers them one of her stress relievers.... She was more bummed by having to quit basketball.. but that did not trigger any episodes.... We told her we will keep looking and trying to get it figured out... but, I am also concerned that it has taken on a life of it's own...