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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 are esophageal spasms?

What are esophageal spasms?

Let me explain: Esophageal spasms are painful muscle contractions that affect your esophagus, the hollow tube between your throat and your stomach. Esophageal spasms can feel like sudden, severe chest pain that lasts from a few minutes to hours. ...Read more

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What is good for? Esophageal spasms?

What is good for? Esophageal spasms?

A few tricks: Meds such as antacids, ca channel blockers, nitrates. Avoid food at extreme temps ie hot or cold. Chew food well with small portions. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

Muscle spasm: The esophagus is a tube with muscle that connects the mouth to the stomach. It moves the food toward the stomach but the muscles can contract to much in spasm if irritated. ...Read more

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Am I having esophageal spasms? How could you diagnose me?

Am I having esophageal spasms? How could you diagnose me?

Exam and tests: Diagnosis is with esophageal manometry. Treatment depends on the cause. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some meds or procedures that can help stop esophageal spasms? Please help!

What are some meds or procedures that can help stop esophageal spasms? Please help!

Dietand meds: Nexium (esomeprazole) and antacids used to minimize reflux esophagitis which is associated with esophageal spasm. Gerds is exacerbated by smoking and poor diet. Correction of these causes with proper medication should minimize spasm ...Read more

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How is esophageal spasm treated?

How is esophageal spasm treated?

See below: If esophageal spasms are not controlled with acid suppression alone, calcium channel blockers and nitrates are often used with varying success. ...Read more

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What does an esophageal spasm feel like?

Chest pain: Des that is diffuse esophageal spasms present as chest pain and or dysphagia. ...Read more

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Can Lorazepam help with esophageal spasms?

Not usual treatment: Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine prescribed most frequently for anxiety, can be prescribed for spasm of muscles that are controlled by the central nervous system. It is not likely to work for esophageal spasms. If it is seemingly being prescribed for this purpose, it is worthwhile checking with prescriber, as there could well be a good reason for it. If not prescribed at this time, don't ask for it. ...Read more

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Is there anything that works for esophageal spasms?

Is there anything that works for esophageal spasms?

Depends: If esophageal spasm is caused by acid reflux then antacids may help. Sometimes calcium channel blockers and nitrates. Botox injections have been used in severe cases. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of esophageal spasm?

What are the most common symptoms of esophageal spasm?

Chest pain: It can feel like heartburn, but many people describe a pain that is similar to "angina" (which is just latin for strangling). An unpleasant squeezing or tightness in the chest. It's sometimes relieved by a belch, or antacids. Drugs like nitrates and calcium channel blockers are also effective, but not uniformly so. Sometimes antidepressants (yes, those!) work to reduce the spasms. ...Read more

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Was on diltiazem 120 mg. Esophageal spasms, em study 360 psi, can you recommend any med, can't take this one any longer.

Was on diltiazem 120 mg. Esophageal spasms, em study 360 psi, can you recommend any med, can't take this one any longer.

See your MD: Go see the doctor that gave you the Diltiazem - or find a new doctor if you don't feel you can talk to your current doctor. Explain what the problems are with the Diltiazem and ask for help. Sometimes writing it down and letting the doctor read what you've written helps (keep it to one page or less). Good luck to you. ...Read more

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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

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What leads to diffuse esophageal spasm?

True anomaly: This is a true abnormal condition or physiomechanics of the esophagus -- it is a rare condition-- and what most people experience is not a diffuse esophageal spasm but reflux esophagitis with spasm or cold induced transient esophageal contraction. ...Read more

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