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   Posted 5/17/2013 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so I've for years experienced painful (burning sensation) swallowing in my breastbone area, where stomach and esophagus meets. I've been on heartburn meds for years and while it helps, over the years, it seems the medications help less and less. I've had cameras down my throat several times and everything always comes back normal. My doctor said it was likely esophageal spasms, although since there is no reliable test for this, I don't know if this is correct. I almost never have acid reflux after eating, even if I eat acid unfriendly foods, my only problem for years has just been that annoying pain while swallowing. I posted on this forum in Oct. 2012, and someone suggested I take magnesium supplements in case it was spasms, but after months of taking the supplement, it didn't help. Is there anyone here familiar with this particular symptom, if so, any help or information would be greatly appreciated

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   Posted 5/17/2013 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
When taking magnesium, you should always take calcium also. Most of the time it's sold as a 2:1 ratio, I would take D3 as well. I would advise taking a good B-vitamin, make sure it has B-12 in it. Manuka honey (teaspoon in warm water as a tea) is soothing and aloe helps to sooth also.

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   Posted 5/18/2013 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cristian,
I expect you have been told about the fact that you can have reflux without knowing it.  Silent reflux is very common, and can do a lot of damage without someone knowing it.  Here's a link with some information about it:
Glad to hear you've sought medical advice for this, as it's not good to ignore a problem like the one you're experiencing.  Good luck with your search for answers!
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   Posted 5/18/2013 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
CRISTIAN - I believe the most reliable way to determine if you esophageal spasm is by having a manometry done.  Get your GI to order this test.  While it is not a comfortable test to have it is fairly easy.
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