Treatment is not a straight line, and it will be different for everyone. Creating a team approach with your healthcare professionals is key.
Treating SD symptoms to help manage your vocal changes can include doing nothing.
To date, no known cure for spasmodic dysphonia exists. However, several forms of treatment are available to alleviate or control the symptoms of the vocal spasms on a temporary or long-lasting basis. Similar to other problems affecting the larynx, SD can be approached with a single type or a combination of treatments, as no single strategy will be appropriate for every case. Perseverance and patience are important when dealing with SD. Remember, doing nothing is also a choice.
Treatment questions to ask your ENT or SLP
Once you have a diagnosis of SD, here are a list of questions to ask:
1. What are my treatment options?
2. What is the standard treatment for SD? What do you recommend?
3. How effective is each treatment option?
4. What are the benefits versus risks of each treatment option?
5. What are the chances that this treatment will work?
6. How much does this treatment cost?
7. Does my insurance cover the cost?
8. Who can I talk to about getting treatment if I don’t have insurance?
9. Is it an acceptable choice to not pursue treatment and live with the symptoms?
10. How often have you done this this procedure?