I have had fairly well-controlled asthma for 20 years, but have only recently come across vocal chord dysfunction as a condition, and a lot of the descriptions seem to tally with my problems. When I exercise, my throat feels like it tightens, rather than my lungs, and I have difficulty/pain breathing past a certain point - but I don't feel tight in my lungs, nor do I wheeze. Sometimes I feel like I reach a 'barrier' in my throat when breathing in - like I could breathe in further/have the lung capacity to, but the air can't get through. When it happens during exercise I also feel the need to cough a lot. Having had asthma for 20 years, I know what an asthma attack is and this just doesn't feel like one.
I am thinking of seeing my GP but worried they will dismiss me. I haven't had great experiences with them and I know doctors hate it when you 'self-diagnose'. Has anybody else approached their GP about this and what was the response?