Esophageal Spasms

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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 4/5/2013 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, 
Was very surprised to hear that so many of you are suffering from various forms of esophageal spasms.  I am 65 and have been experiencing these spasms for 33 years along with an immune system problem that caused acute sensitivity to many foods. Thought I was almost the only person on the planet with this issue. Have given up on medical doctors because they do not listen and have little or no knowledge about these spasms, their causes or treatment.  They always want to do EKG's for starters even though I explain that these spasms have occurred numerous times before and no EKG to date has shown any heart issues.  Am currently working with a Homeopathic doctor whose treatments have helped a lot with the food sensitivity issue but the spasms continue-the most recent one lasting over 12 hours.  There is no accompanying pain as some of you describe, just the feeling of having a "ping pong" ball in my throat and at times am unable to swallow even saliva till spasm stops. After reading the blog, will try the peppermint oil.  Sounds as though no one has yet found a lasting solution.  Anyone know of any scientific research being done on the issue?

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   Posted 4/5/2013 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi norma,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you've struggled with spasms for so long with no relief! You can be very thankful that they're not painful for you, as they usually are.  I have a friend who has struggled with very painful esophageal spasms who has finally found relief with botox injections.  She's done it twice so far, and they've helped her immensely.  They're really the only thing that has worked for her. Just thought I'd mention that!
I'm glad you've joined the forum.  I'm sure others will be by soon to share their experience and support.
Good luck!
Best wishes,
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   Posted 4/6/2013 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Norma,

I'm starting to believe that my laryngeal spasms are related to food sensitivity, particularly dairy protein. I've been gluten free for a while now, and in the past two months went dairy free. I slipped up twice by consuming small bites of cheese (cheddar and Parmesan) and both times I experienced spasms. And my acid reflux symptoms worsened. I've read that cow milk protein is different than goat milk protein, and that some folks can eat goat cheese without reacting. I'd like to experiment with goat cheese... Maybe when my reflux is better under control.
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