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What causes esophagus spasms??

What causes esophagus spasms??

Be sure of diagnosis: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


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Are esophagus spasms dangerous?

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Are esophagus spasms dangerous?

Highly inconvenient : Not life threatening but could indicate significant underlying reflux ...Read more

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Does otravin nasal puffs aggravates the lower esophagus spasm?

Does otravin nasal puffs aggravates the lower esophagus spasm?

Not really: Rarely it may cause nausea. What makes you think that you have esophageal spasms? Have you been diagnosed of it by gastroenterologist? If not, then see a physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will esophagus spasms ever stop if you just recently started getting them from gerd?

Will esophagus spasms ever stop if you just recently started getting them from gerd?

Esophageal spasms: Gastroesophageal reflux causes spasm of the esophagus because of the inflammation of the esophagus. The pain is usually worsened when swallowing a bolus of solids such as meat. First, you need to be on a acid blocker such as nexium (esomeprazole). Elevate the head of the bed, avoid, alcohol, coffee tea fatty foods peppermint or licorice. Don't eat late. You may need a secondary med such as sucralfate. ...Read more

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What distinguishes an esophagus spasm from a heart palpitation?

What distinguishes an esophagus spasm from a heart palpitation?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. Esophageal spasm feels like a grab in the chest and lasts as a single feeling longer than palpitations each one of which is very s short. ...Read more

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Can Acid reflux cause esophagus spasm and thus dysphagia?

Can Acid reflux cause esophagus spasm and thus dysphagia?

Sure, see GI doctor: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can an esophagus spasm be brought on by excessive drinking?

Esophagitis: Reflux esophagitis is frequently connected with heavy drinking & this can cause spasm. ...Read more

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Do antihistamines (Claritin/ clarinase) aggravate lower esophagus spasm?

Do antihistamines (Claritin/ clarinase) aggravate lower esophagus spasm?

Not usually.: This is not a frequent side effect of Claritin. If these sensations persist, you should contact your doctor or your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?

How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?

See below: Esophagus spasm would be more likely to produce pain whereas palpitation is usually a fluttering sensation. The word palpitation refers to the feeling in the chest but it usually implies that the problem is an irregular pulse. An EKG would determine if the heart rhythm is regular or not. Sometimes we have to hook the patient up to a 24 hour monitor to catch the irregularity. ...Read more

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I have terrible spasms in esophagus and leads to afib sometimes. How can I prevent them?

Heartburn: Heartburn or spasms in your esophagus may not be what you think they are, they may be signs of angina, especially if they are assiated with heart dissrythmias. See your dr about a stress test or angiography. ...Read more

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Would I be able to eat if my esophagus was perforated from getting it dilated. Ive had chest spasms since I got it dilated 4 days ago.They are better?

Would I be able to eat if my esophagus was perforated from getting it dilated. Ive had chest spasms since I got it dilated  4 days ago.They are better?

Contact md: An esophageal perforation would be associated with extreme pain and a high mortality rate. While it is much more likely that you are having pain from the dilatation of the esophagus itself, which may involve breaking up scar tissue, I would certainly let your doctor know your symptoms and concerns immediately. ...Read more

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What can cause me to have painless muscle spasms in my neck next to my esophagus?

2 possibilities: Painless muscle spasm involving the crico-esophageal sphincter can be cause by high reflux of stomach acid, so called LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux) or sometimes anxiety. The bottom line is there is a cause for this muscle spasm. You must find out whether or not you have reflux or is this a manifestation of muscle hyperactivity related to anxiety. These are two possibilities. ...Read more

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Having reflux still 5 weeks post Nissen. Surgeon stated it would take longer to heal because my esophagus was in spasms causing high pressures prior. ?

See GI doc: sometimes there can be a separate esophageal muscle issue that will not be helped by the Nissen and may need different anti-spasm medicines. ...Read more

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How can you tell the differance between coronary artery spasms & esophagus spasms? I was told probably coronary spasms, now im told might be the other

How can you tell the differance between coronary artery spasms & esophagus spasms? I was told probably coronary spasms, now im told might be the other

Difficult: Some additional testing is needed to rule out coronary disease. Both may respond to Nitroglycerin e heart usually does not respond to antacids and GI meds. Age suggests non- coronary but other risks can prevail: smoking diabetes hyperlipidemia family history etc. ...Read more

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Hello I had h pylori in 2003 was treated and have bn on and off gerd meds ever since then in 2008 was diagnosed with barrets esophagus but a second opinion wad told I dont have it. I bn scoped every year since then til 2013 and I now have esophagus spasms

Hello I had h pylori in 2003 was treated and have bn on and off gerd meds ever since then in 2008 was diagnosed with barrets esophagus but a second opinion wad told I dont have it. I bn scoped every year since then til 2013 and I now have esophagus spasms

Esophageal spasms: esophageal spasms can be a sign that your GERD might not be under good enough control. You may need a longer-term therapy to get them under control, even if you do not have heartburn. I would speak with your doctor about adjusting your medications for now. Good luck. ...Read more

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Barium meal found esophagus spasm There is controversy on taking Calcium channel blockers would propranolol work?Or Endoscopic myotomy better choice?

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Barium meal found esophagus spasm
There is controversy on taking Calcium channel blockers would propranolol work?Or Endoscopic myotomy better choice?

Depends on the case: and the judgement of the gastroenterologist managing the case at hand, kindly confer with your gastroenterologist or seek a second opinion, by another expert gastroenterologist if you would, it's your right, wish you well ...Read more

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At least once a week I've been feeling what feels like heart palpitations,fluttering.Every time I feel that,I burp.Related to gerd?Esophagus spasm ?

At least once a week I've been feeling what feels like heart palpitations,fluttering.Every time I feel that,I burp.Related to gerd?Esophagus spasm ?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. GI gas could cause palpitations ...Read more

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Can esophagus spasms cause sharp left chest pain that takes breath away? also cause jaw pain and right arm pain? sinus pain? heart is clear from thurough testing and same with brain and spine. THanks

Esophageal spasm : This can be esophageal spasm. You position good have you see a gastroenterologist. You can check this and other possible causes like gallbladder, other intestinal syndromes. This can help you evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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My chest is spasming really badly what should I do?

My chest is spasming really badly what should I do?

See a doctor: I am unfamiliar with chest spasms. I would urge that you have a doctor evaluate the chest pain. ...Read more

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How do I strengthen my lower back to stop it spasming?

How do I strengthen my lower back to stop it spasming?

After: Stretches and warm ups, over a exercise ball you do facing down, reverse sit ups, or find a machine at the gym that serves similar purpose. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Spasticity and spasm?

What's the difference between Spasticity and spasm?

Neuro vs muscular: To me spasm is a local muscle involuntary contraction and spasticty is a neurologic problem loss of cortical control of motor function causing inability to appropriately relax muscles sign of a upper motor neuron injury ...Read more

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How to stop the muscles in the butt from spasming? Tried what seems to be everything

How to stop the muscles in the butt from spasming? Tried what seems to be everything

Diagnose the Cause: First the cause of this symptom must be diagnosed. Given that it is most likely neurological you may need an MRI. There is no home remedy or treatment that we can recommend until the cause of the situation is identified. ...Read more

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What is the esophagus?

Tube: The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. The esophagus pushes food along similar to a snake swallowing a golf ball. There are two sphincters in the esophagus, one separating the esophagus from the back of the throat, and a lower sphincter separating the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read more

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Where does the esophagus start?

Where does the esophagus start?

Esophagus: The upper esophagus starts around the area at the bottom of the neck where the 2 collar bones meet. ...Read more

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How do you clean out your esophagus?

Esophagus: The esophagus cleans itself out and does not need any help to do so. It usually only takes a few minutes for food to traverse the esophagus. It is generally empty most of the time. If you're having any problems clearing food from your esophagus, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel something stuck in esophagus?

Eating: Sometimes ingested items not fully chewed can get stuck in esophagus. Chicken and fish bones sometimes leave sensation because of scratch in esophagus or pharynx leave stuck sensation. Narrowings (stenoses) of esophagus from surgery, reflux esophagitis, hernia and congenital abnormalities can cause holdup of materials. ...Read more

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How do we take care of our esophagus?

Limit reflux: Mrandy, To best take care of the esophagus, you need to limit acid refluxing from the stomach. First, avoid smoking and alcohol. Second, limit caffeine. None is best, 1-2 servings per day is ok. Third, if you have heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, visit your doctor and get on a H2 blocker (like pepcid) or a PPI (like prilosec), and your esophagus should last a lifetime. Hope this helps! ...Read more