Last week I had my 3 month follow-up with my gastroenterologist. I've had GERD symptoms since February, but the one I cannot seem to get rid of is tightness in my throat/upper esophagus. After discussing this persistant symptom with my doctor, he decided that he would perform another endoscopy (my first was in May) and dilate my upper esophagus as much as he could.
I had the endoscopy yesterday. My doctor found that the esophagitis in my lower esophagus had healed! I still have to keep taking Dexilant for a while, but I can live with that. Now for the bad news. I am apparently having spasms in my upper esophagus; basically a bunch of the muscles are contracting all at once instead of one at a time. These spasms aren't causing any real pain, and I am able to eat and drink just fine, but the tight feeling is awful. I asked if there were medications for this problem if the dilation did not work, and my doctor said that there were, but they could cause other problems and weren't worth the risk.
I've read that peppermint oil can really help with these spasms. (I have been popping lifesavers like crazy and they do seem to help, but they have a lot of sugar and I'm sick of always having one in my mouth.) I'm wondering if anyone has had success with this method of treatment. I also would like to know if it is best to take the peppermint oil mixed with water, or if taking the capsules works as well. I've also read that Valerian and Skullcap can help with these spasms. I've bought magnesium oxide supplements and plan to start taking them this week to see if they do anything.
Any feedback is very much appreciated!