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What Does An Esophageal Spasm Feel Like
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My lover has just been diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?
DES can be bad: 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", & of course non-esophageal causes of chest pain. She needs her gastroenterologist's advice about rx's to minimize attacks, where to go/ what to take when pain develops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Esophageal spasm: Is a term to define abnormal contraction of the esophagus during times that the individual is not eating. It could be triggered by food at temperature extremes and usually disappear spontaneously. When present on regular basis, it should be an indication for evaluation of acid reflux, connective tissue diseases and some neurological conditions. ...Read more
Chest pain/dysphagia: Chest pain and/or difficulty swallowing and/or pain while swallowing. If you have barrett's esophagus, you're at risk for esophageal cancer. If you haven't had endoscopy yet (i assume you have since you know this diagnosis), you should see a gastroenterologist if you haven't already. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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