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I've been on this website a few times now and have read many stories from others, so decided to share mine.
To keep it short, my symptoms were like many others , years of heartburn and pain which felt as if I were taking a heart attack, waking at night through coughing and sometimes I’d be choking on saliva/food which I seemed to cough up. I went to the doctors who gave me heartburn tablets and told me I had GERD ( not helped by my being overweight). Over the last year it has gradually got worse, food would at first occasionally stick as if in a spasm which would then pass allowing me to eat a meal. Now eating is a nightmare as I regurgitate after every meal regardless of what type of food I try to eat and liquids are also bad. I am constantly hungry and thirsty (don’t know if this is common) At this point I am almost 3 stones lighter and everyone tells me I’m looking great if only they knew!
I finally spoke in length to my GP who sent me for an endoscopy which showed up a severe fungal infection in my oesophagus which was treated and then retreated but still nothing improved so I was then referred to a gastroenterologist who arranged for me to have a further endoscopy and a Barium swallow which seemed to confirm I have achalasia. In the last couple of years I also developed Breast cancer which has been successfully treated however because of this I also had a CT Scan just in case I had Pseudo Achalasia which mimics the symptoms but is caused by something else…this threw me a bit because I hadn’t really considered this! I am still awaiting the result of the scan but I have now to go for a manometry followed by a visit with a consultant who I hope is going to offer me a long term solution!
After everything I have been through over the last few years I find this disease very tiring and at times I feel quite down because so many of our family/social occasions are centred around food .
I just hope for a positive outcome
Apologies if I have gone on a bit!
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