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esophagus hurts when i bend over or breath deep. what is it?

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Dr. Margaret Gourlay
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Esophageal pain: Esophageal pain when you bend over might be due to acid reflux, where small amounts of stomach acid refluxes back and irritates the end of esophagus. If you have to do this bend over regularly for yoga, dancing, etc., consider taking an antacid in advance.
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Stress: most likely it is esophageal spasm that most likely caused by stress now since the pain is related to body position then there is good possibility it is related to acid reflux a lot of people dismiss acid reflux since they are not complaining of heartburn spasm could be the symptoms instead of heartburn try anti acid no improvement see your doctor for possible endoscopy or other GI test that wi

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