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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Esophageal Spasms

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What causes esophageal spasms and what is the treatment for this?

What causes esophageal spasms and what is the treatment for this?

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

Esophagus (Definition)

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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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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What causes my esophagus to be restricted?

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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What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

Rare : Esophageal perforations are not common. It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis. ...Read more

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What is this pain in the esophagus, that I am having, caused from?

What is this pain in the esophagus, that I am having, caused from?

Spasm: The esophagus is very muscular to move food from your mouth o your stomach . Sometimes these muscles cramp up into a spasm , which causes a severe pain . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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The muscles in my lower back have been spasming for a couple hours now without pain. What could be the cause?

Back pain: The spasm in the back can be due to lot of reasons, it is mostly seen with back sprain or other related musculoskeletal issues. You can use heating pad, over the counter topical cream such as bengay or asper cream. If symptoms persist then see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause a torn esophagus?

What can cause a torn esophagus?

Many things: Spontaneous rupture can be caused by vomiting. Other causes are iatrogenic, or caused by accidental instrumentation, such as endoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

Different theories: There are many different theories about what causes spasticity but the best explanation that i can give you is that under normal circumstances there is a balance between excitation and inhibition of muscle tone and movement. When there is injury or disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), there is excess excitation and not enough inhibition and the tone of certain muscles. ...Read more

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Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Peptic stricture: Esophageal stenosis (narrowing) from scar tissue (strictures) is of itself not painful. However, depending upon how tightly narrowed the stricture may be, food can impact there (cause dysphagia). Usually dysphagia occurs with meats, bread. Pain on swallowing (odynophagia) may result. If you have a peptic stricture please chew food well, take small bites swallowed with water & take acid blockers. ...Read more

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Does soda irritate the esophagus? Can it cause strictures? Does soda interact with medicine if medicine is taken with soda?

Does soda irritate the esophagus? Can it cause strictures? Does soda interact with medicine if medicine is taken with soda?

Buuuuurp! Excuse Me.: You talkin' about soda soda (soda pop)?? Like Coke? ("No coke, Pepsi!!")or Barq's famous root beer?Or do you mean baking soda?Or caustic soda?You take the latter and you'll be in a world of hurt. But anything with carbonated water (water to which carbon dioxide bubbles are added)won't hurt much.It's the sugar in soda pop that should worry you (obesity, liver problems, dental caries,chronic burping ...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 problems with the esophagus cause chest pain?

Can problems with the esophagus cause chest pain?

Yes: Not uncommon to have chest pain with this issue. Sometimes included with the differential diagnosis of causes of chest pain. ...Read more

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What can cause a burning sensation in my esophagus?

What can cause a burning sensation in my esophagus?

Not all GERD = burn: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention. ...Read more