I"m really glad surgery and dilation worked for you!
dilation doesn't give me relief for very long. I really needed another one done probably 2 months after the last one was done. I just didn't get it because I haven't been able to pay off the bill from the last one. My GI doc also told me both times I"m not a candidate for surgery because it's a swallowing issue. ?? but I can swallow liquids and soft food just fine, other foods too as long as I have something to drink and then goes down to a certain point and then feel like it gets stuck,,, same goes for pills too. so I can see the muscles working to do the swallowing action and I *think* that because I can swallow until to the point where stuff gets stuck it's not a swallowing issue but the stricture and schatzki ring causing things to get stuck and have to figure out why these keep forming.