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Wow- that IS very interesting. Never heard of it but I sure hope it helps your girl.


I'm glad she's on the way to getting this fixed! I'm always way more stressed when I don't know what something is.


I'd never heard of it either, but I'm glad that you've got a diagnosis and she's learning how to deal with it. Hopefully this means no more collapses on the soccer field.


I've not heard of VCD but a friend's daughter has Dysphonia (spelling?) which is similar. She would be moving her mouth thinking she was talking but no sound would come out. Has to do with breathing & vocal cords too.


Never heard of it! If I recognize the pix correctly, she couldn't get better care anywhere else :) That is fascinating... so the asthma meds open her up? Sounds like my middle son - he has reactive airway - if he gets a cold, his vocal chords and airway start to spasm, causing an attack and needed a nebulizer treatment - however it isn't "asthma." So glad they were able to figure this out!


Interesting. Hey, at least you know what the problem is and can treat it, right? Even better, it isn't a worsening asthma problem.


I've never heard of VCD. But, I'm glad to know that your Daughter is receiving treatment.


Never heard of it. It's good the allergist caught it, because, maybe knowing the issue, your daughter won't panic, but rather put into play the techniques she's learning. Good luck!


Never heard of it at all! So glad you found it out and are getting help.


I've never heard of it, but there's a good possibility I have it and never knew it, because I became a musician - I was taught to breathe properly both in clarinet class and in chorus. It just sounds too familiar. Also my older daughter has been diagnosed with asthma, but this sounds more like what she does. Off to research more!

Glad your daughter is getting the help she needs for this.

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VCD? I have never heard of it, but I am glad to hear she is receiving treatment.


The creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams, suffers from a form of this when he tries to give speeches. He is able to speak normally when it's one-on-one, but he was having issues when he had to do public speaking. He posted information about his rehab process a couple of years back on his blog.

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