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I am a 44 year old female from Lincolnshire. I was experiencing symptoms of Achalasia for approx 7 years. I am sure it started after a stressful period in my life. Also I believe it may be hereditary as my Mum died of Oesophagal Cancer, after talking to many family members and friends of family my Mum had swallowing problems for years but was only ever treated for GERD. I was the same, Doctors kept saying it was acid reflux and heartburn and stress making my food get stuck I even think the doctors thought it was all my head because of what happened to my Mum. Anyway after finally persisting that something had to be done I had Barium Swallow, Gastroscopy and Manometry which confirmed Achalasia. I had the Heller's Myotomy operation a week ago and am now on blended foods which is hard as I love my food. Just trying to keep positive and look forward to hopefully being able to go out to restaurants for meals as this is something I have not done for ages because of the fear of having to leg it to the bathroom to regurgitate food.
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