I hope you get the answers with the tests you will have in February. I can definitely understand what you are going through, although my condition is nowhere near as severe as yours. I was told that my being worried, stressed, anxious, nervous, and a perfectionist is worsening my condition. The last time I had my esophagus dilated, I had to drool into a bucket and couldn't eat or drink anything for at least 6 days. The strictures were from the back of my throat all the way down my esophagus. The doctor said he had to take the scope down many times. I have never had a motility study. I tried to have a 24 hour pH study, but I couldn't tolerate it for more than 45 minutes. The doctors believe my stricture condition stems from severe acid reflux. I have brought up having the Nissen Fundopication surgery, but was quickly assured that I do not need it. I have had several upper G.I.s that have never shown the strictures. I have had a barium swallow, a lower G.I., a nuclear medicine swallowing study, and a few chest X-Rays. After the first dilation, it was like the floodgates of hell opened up and I experienced severe acid reflux for the first time. Prior to that, I don't recall ever having experienced any heartburn or acid effects. Now I can't bend over to tie my shoes without getting acid in my mouth. I also gasp and hiccup frequently. I am on Protonix after having tried Prilosec and Nexium. Protonix works for me so much better than the others. My twin sister also suffers from severe strictures, but has never had her esophagus dilated because of the fear she has after seeing me going through it. She decided that it is time for her to have her esophagus dilated, so she will be seeing a G.I. doctor for the first time on February 9th.