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Causes Of Esophageal Spasms
Chest PAIN from DES: Des is a motility disorder of esophageal function. The muscles of the esophagus forcibly tighten, typically unpredictably, resulting in severe chest pain. Distinguish this from situational esophageal spasm, "nutcracker esophagus", and of course non-esophageal causes of chest pain. Speak with your gastroenterologist about rx options to minimize attacks, where to go, what to take when pain develops. ...Read more
Fosamax (alendronate): It is possible. Notify your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could the pain in my neck be causing problems with my vagus nerve which could be causing esophageal 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
Narrowed esophagus: There are various disorders that can cause narrowed esophagus. The can range from benign (secondary to reflux or prior radiation or ingestion of caustic substance) to malignant(cancerous) the narrowing can also be caused by extrinsic( something pushing from outside) compression to esophagus. The best test to diagnose this is either esophagram or endoscopy. With endoscopy you can diagnose & treat. ...Read more
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