Reflux - muscle spasm connection?

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Reflux Redux
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/19/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a new member - my symptoms certainly qualify me for this discussion. I've read with interest the problems people have had with swallowing. I used to have this problem. I would get food stuck in my esophagus and would have to keep drinking water until it finally went through. It was very unpleasant for two reasons: 1. If the water strategy didn't work the first time I would vomit up the water and some of the food with it and have to keep trying the water until it worked; 2. The panic and fear when I was choking was hard to control, but I tried and usually managed to keep a level head. Finally, at a dinner party (of course), the food got really stuck and it took about 20 minutes to clear. All the vomiting and choking sounds from the bathroom were not exactly adding to the festive mood of the evening. I went to the doctor and he referred me to a specialist who did an endoscopy and widened the lower portion of my esophagus. That was last July and I've had no recurrences.

However, now I'm experiencing occasional spasms and a kind of fluttering of muscles in the lower part of my esophagus. Has anyone else experienced that?

BTW, I take Prilosec daily, and the reflux has stopped.

marthamae
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same situation--an esophageal dilatation I believe it is called. Mine lasted for two years and then I needed another one. After my second dilatation, I developed severe GERD. I think what happened was the esophagus was so tight that it held all the acid and "crap" down in my stomach, but when they opened that valve up, everything started moving back up.

I've had an intense fear of choking and have lost 30 pounds. This GERD has slowly gotten better. I take Protonix and Pepcid and I drink vinegar and honey to help with it.

It's not unusual to experience fluttering or clicking or spasms in your esophagus. You can get all kinds of action down there. If you read on this board, you'll see it all.

I hope you don't have to have your esophagus dilated again, but don't be shocked if you do. Somewhere down the road, you may start to get food stuck again. If you do, just go in and have the procedure done again. No big deal. As my doctor said, don't wait too long or you'll wind up in the ER with something really stuck in there. He said he hates doing those at 3 am when someone is in a panic. And as you know, it's easy to panic when stuff is stuck. Good luck and welcome to the board.
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