After several months of dealing with severe GI distress, chest pain, ear pressure, and feeling like my throat was closing up after eating, I was finally diagnosed with esophageal spasms. My GI doc has prescribed imipramine (and I was already of Dexilant for GERD). I’ve been on it for two weeks now and it seems to be helping with the worst of the pain, although not relieving it completely. My main concern, however, is that I’m still not eating normally and I continue to lose weight. I’m under 5 feet tall and, before this started, weighed only 102 lbs. In less than two months, I’ve dropped to 93 lbs. I’m really only able to eat soft and bland foods, and if I eat what feels like too much, the chest and stomach pain hurts. Even drinking a whole bottle of Boost can cause pain at times. I feel like I’m living on mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and muffins … not very nutritious! I wondered if anyone else has experience with esophageal spasms and weight loss – and if there are any suggestions for how I might put on some weight in a healthy way?
(As a side note, the GI does not want to put me on calcium channel blockers. He fears that because I am so small, my blood pressure would drop to dangerously low levels. He says the next option is Botox injections, which I am pretty ambivalent about.)
Thanks in advance for your help.