Are esophageal spasms part of GERD?

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   Posted 8/15/2005 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
   I used to think that this pain was just intense heartburn, but now I know it's a spasm of some kind......maybe of my lower esophageal sphincter.  It starts hurting in my epigastric area, and shoots through to my back.  I used to take rolaids for it, but have learned I just need to swallow something to get it to stop.   Does anyone else have this as part of GERD?  Curiously enough, I seem to get it very easily, when I drink water.  I get this with water, even more than other drinks that you'd think would cause it.

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   Posted 8/15/2005 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cathy! tongue
I found the following and hope it helps!  Hugs, Teri tongue

"Signs and symptoms of esophageal spasms include:

Pain in the chest, which can be mistaken for heart pain (angina), Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), Painful swallowing Heartburn"

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   Posted Yesterday 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I have the same thing, that docs kept calling heart palpitations...even tho they never "saw" one on any monitor. I have times where my chest hurts intensely and I find that if I lean over it helps a bit. I tend to drink a lot of water...maybe I am making it worse? I have had instances where I've had a feeling of something being "stuck in my throat", but halfway down the esophagos. A very wise person told me to eat something, and that feeling went away.
Is there any threatment for this?
When you have a handful of lemons, you have a choice. Suck on them, and be bitter.... or stomp on them and add sugar and enjoy them.
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.

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   Posted Yesterday 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking calcium 1200mg daily, with 2-400 mg magnesium. Sometimes, it seems to help with all my muscles.......arm, leg, intestines heart, and esophagus. So maybe this might help you too Sarah. Also..........caffeine is really bad on it, along with the high acid of softdrinks.
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