Esophageal spasms

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CODYWORM
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   Posted 12/12/2012 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Husband is miserable with esophageal spasms - he has lost 12 lbs. Can't swallow to take any MEDS! Had his gall bladder out yesterday - no stones or blocked ducts! This has been going on for over 2 months!
Anybody able to offer some hopeful, helpful solutions?

Post Edited (CODYWORM) : 12/11/2012 10:24:31 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 12/12/2012 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Try drinking a hot drink and placing a heating pad on the pain area.

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You might need to see if you need to take him to the ER for a pain shot.
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   Posted 12/12/2012 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
CODYWORM-

Welcome to Healing Well.

Sorry that your hubby is experiencing this. My wife just had her gallbladder out earlier this evening.

Now as for the spasms. A couple questions. Has this been going on for the couple months or something new since surgery? Also does he have a DX of reflux or GERD?

As for spasms themselves you can try warm tea, coffee, etc, but it really should be looked at by a GI doctor and possibly have a manometry test done to see exactly what happens as he swallows. There a few meds they use for these spasms, but they need to be prescribed

Remember warm not hot. and cold drinks will make it worse. Also agree with Joy, if he can't get any pain meds down go to the ER and let them know that he is a recent surgery patient....better yet call his surgeon and have him/her paged.

Take care,
Bill
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CODYWORM
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   Posted 12/12/2012 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
We do have an appt. In AZ for further tests - he has had the scopes etc. In MT by a GI specialist as we live in a small town in WY. And he has had the spasms for a couple of months - no new pain since the surgery just more intense spasm pain - surgeon's office said call primary Dr. Or go to ER - we will do that today as I fear dehydration - & a total lack of nutrients! Thanks for being a sounding board -

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   Posted 12/12/2012 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
It is a shame that he is unable to swallow pills, magnesium has been a l ife saver for some people who suffer from these spasms. There are forms of magnesium that are not pills, they are available on amazon. But continue to follow up with medical attention.
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CODYWORM
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   Posted 12/13/2012 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
He has had a couple of better days since his gall bladder surgery on Monday? He is trying suggestions I have read about on this forum! Thank you - would like to know more about the magnesium? How much - how often etc.

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   Posted 12/14/2012 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 500 mg a day of magnesium. There are 250 mg forms as well. There are also forms where you rub it on the skin and also some liquid forms. I have only had the pill forms.
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Nal
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   Posted 12/17/2012 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
How is he doing now?  I had my gallbladder out a few years ago.  I couldn't imagine not being able to take my pain meds back then.  However I am all too familiar with the esophageal spasms as I suffer from them myself.
 
What helps me is first trying to panic.  Also I drink warm temperature water and they are right, magnesium does help!  You can get it in powder form as well.  I used a product called Calm that you get a healt food store (Whole Foods, vitamin cottage, etc) that mixes well with water.  Also I have been told that muscle relaxants have helped some. 
 
Hope that helps too. 
 
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