My GI said the older you get the less they recommend surgery. your mom may find relief (at least temporary, from botox injections. She may want to ask her gi about that, it's done during an endoscopy, so it's a fairly simple procedure she can have more than once.
I have had a lot of problems swallowing, and there is no rhyme or reason... obviously, the softer foods are a bit easier, but when I'm stressed (like when I had to discuss my findings and options with my doctor last thursday) I can't even swallow water! I've lost almost 50 lbs now in less than a year. My doctor told me I should drink ensure also in order to get some calories in me.
One thing that did help me a bit was acupuncture! While it hasn't gotten rid of the achalasia, it has improved the symptoms dramatically. I was miserable a month ago, and now at least I can eat some. I still feel the food getting stuck, but I eventually feel it go down (again, unless I'm really stressed!)
All the best to your mom, I know what she's going through! I'll let you know how it goes for me.
Thanks for your support as always! It IS good to finally know exactly what I have, but it is depressing to find out it's an uncommon disorder...so much that it was actually missed months ago!
I wonder if eventually they can add a forum for other not so common digestive disorders? Achalasia, Esophageal spasms, etc? I've found another forum for people with achalasia, but it's not as active as this forum!
Spasms are bad...