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My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed esophagus muscle dysfunction. What is it exactly?

Swallowing trouble: The muscles that wrap around the esophagus, as well as the sphincters (both upper & lower) coordinate their contractions to produce peristalsis, thereby propelling food from the back of your mouth to the stomach, & keeping that food from backing up again. There are a lot of diseases that affect the esophagus muscles--some minor (presbyesophagus) & major (like achalasia, parkinson's, scleroderma). ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What does having esophagus muscle dysfunction mean?

What does having esophagus muscle dysfunction mean?

Swallow'g difficult: The esophagus is a muscular tube whose function it is to move food into the stomach. When the muscle does not function properly swallowing can be difficult and food may accidentally find it's way into the windpipe. This causes reflexive coughing to get the food or fluid back into the esophagus. If the food doesn't get cleared from the windpipe it can cause aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you die from esophageal achalasia?

If left untreated: A person could die from untreated achalasia due to starvation, aspiration pneumonia or chocking on the contents accumulated in the esophagus. ...Read more

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Can I die from esophageal achalasia if I ignore it?

Can I die from esophageal achalasia if I ignore it?

Maybe: Untreated achalasia can result in accumulation of fluid in the esophagus that can silently enter the lungs while you sleep at night. Chronic silent aspiration can cause permanent damage to the lungs, asthma, recurrent pneumonia. Any of these conditions can potentially shorten your life if not treated properly. A large aspiration event can be deadly. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophageal achalasia?

Several: The main treatments are 1) medications, 2) endoscopic, and 3) surgical. Which one to choose depends on how severe the symptoms are. ...Read more

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Do you have to have difficulty swallowing if you have esophageal achalasia? What are all the symptoms?

Do you have to have difficulty swallowing if you have esophageal achalasia? What are all the symptoms?

Yes: Achalasia is a when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle incompletely relaxes and doesn't allow food or fluid to pass easily. Achalasia is characterized by difficulty swallowing, regurgitation, and sometimes chest pain. It is diagnosed with esophageal manometry or pressure study or barium swallow test. Treated with dilation, Botox injection or a heller myotomy "cutting of the muscle.". ...Read more

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What do you recommend for esophageal achalasia?

What do you recommend for esophageal achalasia?

Hard question: Although there is no definite cure, several therapies have been shown to be effective - dilation of the esophagus, certain medications such as nitroglycerine, Nifedipine may be helpful and finally if all fails, especially esophageal dilations, surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: esophageal achalasia?

What is the definition or description of: esophageal achalasia?

Motility Disorder: Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. It is diagnosed by manometry, showing a lack of relaxation of the distal esophagus and decreased peristalsis. Primary achalasia (most common) is due to loss of inhibitory neurons in the distal esophagus. Secondary achalasia is caused by chagas disease. "pseudo-achalasia" is seen with cancers. Surgical treatment remains the gold standard. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal achalasia?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal achalasia?

No pills: The only effective treatment is to open the lower esophageal valve by balloon dilation or surgically through the abdomen or the mouth (poem). Pills don't work, nor does botox. ...Read more

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Can vomiting pull a muscle in your esophagus?

Can vomiting pull a muscle in your esophagus?

Pulled muscle: If you retching badly you may pull a muscle. ...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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I did 2 esophagus test, my swallowing "muscles" were really good but my les was really"loose".It was a 4.2.nurse said average was about a12, surgery?

I did 2 esophagus test, my swallowing "muscles"  were really good but my les was really"loose".It was a 4.2.nurse said average was about a12, surgery?

Probably not yet...: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or further relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Optimize acid blockers for relief. No smoking. Consult GI doctor if persistent--minimally invasive treatments are available. ...Read more

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What does a manometery test tell? The dr says my grandson may need to have his esophagus muscle cut. Narrowing of esophagus found in GI series.

Esophageal Pressure: Manometry allows for the measurement of the pressure within the esophagus along it's entire length. It allows for evaluation of the function of the esophagus or it's ability to propel a bolus of food from the pharynx to the stomach. Various forms of esophageal pathology can cause problems with swallowing and manometry allows for identification of this. It could "rule in/rule out" need for surgery. ...Read more

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About twice a week, when i eat protein it gets stuck about half way down my esophagus. It is very painful. What is happening? I either have to wait for it to slowly make it's way down, as i feel the muscle contractions, or throw up.

Your : Your symptoms are concerning for an esophageal stricture, which means a narrowing of your esophagus. This can happen for no reason or sometimes can be caused by another condition. It is very important that you have evaluation for this, and possibly an endoscopy, which is a test where you are sedated and a physician looks into your esophagus with a scope, in order to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can pain in the lungs, throat or esophagus cause referred pain to the muscles in the back of the neck?

Can pain in the lungs, throat or esophagus cause referred pain to the muscles in the back of the neck?

Yes: Pain in the chest can be referred into the neck and back. Nerves can travel fr the front of the chest to the back as well (known as intercostals). ...Read more

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I have had a lot of testing done, and I have bile reflux , weak les valve, and weak esophagus motility. Crying makes the muscles hurt around valve. Intraadominal pressure makes worse. Why?

I have had a lot of testing done, and I have bile reflux , weak les valve, and weak esophagus motility.  Crying makes the muscles hurt around valve. Intraadominal pressure makes worse. Why?

Difficult: Why was the testing done, recurrent nausea, let's say. Are you crying all the time? Are you having insomnia, daytime fatigue and panic attacks? One good drug that if often overlooked is Mirtazapine before bed. It helps insomnia, nausea and mood. The's may help? I an not sure about the "valve" but let's say where your stomach and esophagus meet doesn't close well. Reflux is a problem, prilosec. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose X2 days. Throat feels dry and irrartaed, esophagus and stomach starting to bother me. Throat muscles bothering also.

Stuffy nose X2 days. Throat feels dry and irrartaed,  esophagus and stomach starting to bother me. Throat muscles bothering also.

Virus: Sounds like you are getting a cold with all those symptoms. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids and getting rest. Use OTC drugs as needed. ...Read more

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My mother's front area of neck muscles (below chin)has been enlarged. How to reduce it?

My mother's front area of neck muscles (below chin)has been enlarged. How to reduce it?

Would check thyroid: Levels which could cause a goiter in her neck. Sometimes a lack of iodine in the diet can do this too. Need to see a doc. ...Read more

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Esophageal Achalasia (Definition)

Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. It is diagnosed by manometry, showing a lack of relaxation of the distal esophagus and decreased peristalsis. Primary achalasia (most common) is due to loss of inhibitory neurons in the distal esophagus. Secondary achalasia is caused by chagas disease. "pseudo-achalasia" is seen with cancers. Surgical treatment ...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