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

Esophageal spasm. The most common cause of esophageal spasm is excess acid from the stomach. Acid can be treated with otc medications like Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec. In older patients primary esophageal muscle spasms can occur; these can be treated with a medication called a calcium-channel blocker. Read more...
If medications fail. If medications fail, meaning the disease is refractor to maximal medical therapy, then a long esophageal myotomy, or cutting of the esophageal muscles can be performed. This can be performed either thoracoscopically, laparoscopically or a combination of the two. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: diffuse esophageal spasm?

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...

My father was diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. What does this mean?

Pain and swallowing. Diffuse esophageal spasm is a disorder of muscle contraction and thus motility (movement of food down the esophagus) that affects one's ability to swallow comfortably without pain or having the food "stick" (dysphagia). Your father should be under the care of a gastroenterologist. Read more...
Does Dad have DES? Spastic motility disorders are defined by esophageal manometry, but the intermittent nature of these abnormalities like des frequently requires other esophageal tests before starting treatment. Of course, pain of des can mimic coronary artery disease sufficiently that a cardiac evaluation should first rule out heart & vessel problems. Also, address associated heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome. Read more...

Is there often confusion between diffuse esophageal spasm and a heart disorder?

Yes. And although diffuse esophageal spasm (des) can be quite uncomfortable, heart disease can be life threatening, and should be 'ruled out' by your md . Des is best diagnosed by doing an esophageal motility study, where we can measure the pressures created in your esophagus spontaneously and in response to a swallow. Read more...

I've got diffuse esophageal spasm. What consequences should I be looking for?

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...
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 more...

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 more...
When in doubt... Not life threatening. Based upon severity there may be various degrees of pain which can be treated satisfactorily. It is often mistaken for heart problems. Also people with esophageal spasm may ignore symptoms of heart disease since they are used to having chest pain. A high degree of awareness to any change in the nature of pain helps. When in doubt have it checked out. Read more...

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...
Do you have DES? Spastic motility disorders are defined by esophageal manometry, but the intermittent nature of these abnormalities like des frequently requires other esophageal tests before starting treatment. Of course, pain of des can mimic coronary artery disease sufficiently that a cardiac evaluation should first rule out heart & vessel problems. Also, address associated heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome. Read more...