I have already had the barium swallow and the "monograpy" (sp) before the surgery that confirmed the nutcracker esophagus. I went ahead with
the wrap because I was having severe chronic bronchitis and my vocal chords were damaged from the reflux acid. The doctors were more
concerned with me developing throat cancer from the constant irritation
and they felt that the esophogeal spasm could be controlled with meds.
It has not responded to any meds and really does not act or feel like
a spasm because I do not have any difficulty eating for the most part. Things "hang up" ocassionally but I eat pretty normally. I am having
an endoscopy next Monday just to look at my esophagus and I am scheduled for another "monograpy" which is a swallowing test, to see just how much pressure is under the wrap. This is all pre-op testing.
The only thing that gives me relief from the pain is Vicodin. My surgeon
says that is a sure sign of irritation from somewhere in the wrap area
and not esophageal spasm.