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Oesophageal Achalasia and Spasm

Also known as Achalasia, Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

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  • Does anyone have relief for chest pain?

    Hey, Everyone. I’m new here and I’m looking for help. I was diagnosed with achalasia very young. I had the Heller Myotomy when I was 12 years old and I’m now 26. My esophagus has since tightened back up and eating is very difficult, but it is nothing compared to the chest pain I get. I’ve been experiencing...

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  • Understanding your Manometry Study Test

    Since having all the tests I’ve had, some repeated, but all showing a diagnosis of Achalasia, I’ve not had my manometry explained to me. I’ve just had, “yes the manometry confirms your diagnosis.” And then, “looks like you have GERD”  But, since doctors are very busy where I was being seen, it didn’t...

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  • 6 week post op update

    Hi all just had my 6 week check up after laparoscopic Heller Myotomy with partial  fundoplication and along with my surgeon I am absolutlely delighted with the results.Was in some slight discomfort for the first week but after soft diet was quickly progressing to meat and veggies no pain anywhere...

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  • POEM procedure

    Has anyone gotten a POEM done? My doctor suggested for me to get it done now that my my throat has been starting to close up again after my ballon dilation. I'm due for another dialation in the meantime as I wait to see the surgeon who specialIes in POEM procedure. My doctor said said that this as...

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  • POEM available in Toronto

    Hello friends, I want to use this thread to connect with other Achalasia patients in Canada and especially to let them know about the availability of POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) in Toronto. A bit about myself to begin with: I am a 31 yo female who started experiencing swallowing difficulties...

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  • achalasia and osteoporosis

    I haven't posted for some while. I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been advised to take alendronic acid. I have achalasia and alendronic acid is contra indicated in achalasia. Please has anyone else had this experience? What shall I do about it? I haven't dared to take the...

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  • Swallowing Difficulty - Desperate

    God this is really getting me down, to point I have been wondering if I am ever going to eat again and I am frightening myself with the thoughts I am having. I just cannot swallow solid foods, it started 4 weeks ago. i was happily eating some chicken and all of a sudden my throat 'closed' and...

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  • Achalasia/Barrats and, unable to swallow or tolerate food

    Hi, I have been struggling for a long time with my swallowing but, another problem presented itself. A nominal distension and, even a little porridge, very soft diet once it hit my stomach caused severe pain which took between 20-30 mins to subside. My GP has now prescribed Ensure supplement drinks and,...

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  • severe difficulty swallowing liquids or tablets

    was initially told it was caused my anxiety and was Globus but its gradually getting worse and worse and worse. Im really worried its something more sinister. I am been referred for more tests. Camera down throat showed up hiatus hernia and loose spinter. The problem seems to be moving the liquid...

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  • Cant swallow and now im very stressed and depressed

    Cant swallow and its been like this for about 3 4 months now ive been off from work on sick as ive not eaten solid foods for that duration i have had a ENT and found nothing please help me as i am having suicidal thoughts about this and im really thinking about the pros of taking my own life im 25 and...

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  • Oesophageal Spasm, first one

    Ended up in A&E last night with one of these...first one I’ve ever had...seriously thought I was having a Heart Attack!! It started with what felt like an uncomfortable lump lodged in my chest between my breasts, then got worse and worse over 45 minutes, never felt pain like it, crushing pain! horrible!.....today...

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  • haven't been able to swallow in 3 months...

    One day in february I got this feeling out of nowhere that i couldn't swallow at all. I've been having throat troubles since July but they were never *really* unbearable. It started with burning in my throat (GERD), weird crackling/sizzling noises coming from my throat, and my swallowing just...

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  • Specialised surgeons

    Hi, is there anybody within the Greater Manchester area UK that can recommend an upper GI surgeon as I am at the point of desperation and, not coping. The level of care I am receiving is at best a shambles built on stilts. Presently under the care of Paul Goldsmith at Manchester Royal Infirmary and,...

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  • Specialised surgeons

    Hi, is there anybody within the Greater Manchester area UK that can recommend an upper GI surgeon as I am at the point of desperation and, not coping. The level of care I am receiving is at best a shambles built on stilts. Presently under the care of Paul Goldsmith at Manchester Royal Infirmary and,...

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  • AchalAsia type 111

    Hi I was recently diagnosed AchalAsia type 111 but also have gerd and really bad bloating and stomach spasms .i can totally relate to doctors not listening .  My gastro was no help after diagnosis told me to google it and he didn’t have time to talk about my stomach issues until 8 weeks later when...

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  • Achalasia/ Barrats

    Hi everybody. I hope you are all better than I am at this present time. Unfortunately following my appointment with Mr Goldsmith on Monday another problem has arisen and, my oesopegetomy is on hold for the time being. My abdomen is so distended that it is pushing up my other organs, lungs which is causing...

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  • Recurrence of Achalasia after Heller Myotomy

    Hi I'm now 38 and was diagnosed with achalasia in 1998. The condition stated in late 1997 and progressed very quickly. I was unable to eat any form of solid food and every meal had to be accompanied by buckets of water! I had the myotomy and a fundoplication in Sept 1999. However, the symptoms...

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  • Keeping Hope during this frustrating Achalasia Journey

    I was diagnosed with “possible” Achalasia in October 2016 while hospitalized for what they felt was pancreatitis. Severe abdominal pain, vomiting, two previous hospital stays with pancreatitis made this admission based on past severely high lipase blood results. I don’t drink, never have (don’t like...

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  • 2 months post surgery update

    Hey guys  You might have noticed my post a couple of months ago and I thought I would give you guys an update on how everything went. I'm now 2 months post surgery and I can honestly say I feel as I've I'm back to normal. I was apprensive about food travelling slow post surgery but this...

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  • Achalasia and, hitting that brick wall

    Hi everyone, I really hope you are all getting further along with any treatment and, are as well as you possibly can me. I have unfortunately hit a brick wall and, feel the consultants and, more importantly the administrative staff at the hospital are turning me into a crazy lady. I am at best very diflated....

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  • Swallowing difficulties

    This issue has been ongoing for some time but has really declined recently. Have had two tubes down my mouth and into my stomach the past few years and was told I had a Hiatus Hernia and a loose splinter but nothing to worry about. My GP said the swallowing difficulties was caused by Globus Histeria...

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  • FAILED POEM - OPTIONS???

    Hello all: I had the POEM procedure done on April 15th of this year. For about 6 weeks i was pretty good. Then i thought i was getting acid reflux but it was not acid reflux it turned out it was food fermenting at the bottom of the esophagus. Or at least that is what we think now. I am right back where...

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  • Tips for coping with Achalasia

    Helpful Tips Collated from Fellow Achalasia Patients NB These have not been vetted by the medical profession but are what have worked for some of us Tips for coping 1 Eat smaller meals more frequently. 2 Eat slowly and chew well 3 Don’t eat too late 4 Beware of eating when feeling stressed 5 Eat fairly...

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  • Problems swallowing, GP believes it is anxiety but...

    For the last year I have had severe problems swallowing, anything more than soup, porridge or tinned mince and powdered potatoes causes me terrible problems, I have lost 6 stone in this whole year. I have been for endoscopy -clear, barium swallow-clear- and a stomach scan which is also clear. problem...

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  • Hello i m 21 years old girl. I have been dysphagia from 2 weeks

    Hello i m 21years old girl i m suffering form dysphagia from last two weeks. Yesterday my GI doctor did an endoscopy and it results with mild gastritis.. But i m scared plz tell me can it cure completely.. Can my dyspagia will go.. Doc gave me medicine for 2weeks .plz tell me something what to do

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  • POEM SURGERY WITHOUT INCISIONS

    My huband John just had Poem surgery at UofM . No incisions. A new (2 years) surgery through the esophagus. Excellent Immediate results. No pain at all. His quality of life has improved 1000 percent. He almost died in December. Esophagus closed. Had a temporary Botox treatment which allowed...

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  • Achalasia doctors In NYC

    Hi everyone , I have been recently diagnosed with Achalasia and underwent a dilation. Though things are better now, I might have to get a surgery done in near future as I am starting to feel the symptoms back  . Can anyone please recommend me a surgery specialist in and around Newyork city....

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  • Heller or POEM?

    I am 32, I have had typical achalasia symptoms forever but just got diagnosed a few months ago. I think I must be somewhat early-stage, as regurgitations are somewhat rare (~1x per week), fake heart attacks are rarer (~1x per month), and I generally haven't faced too many diet restrictions. I've...

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  • Achalasia - anything new?

    Apart from: Heller Myotomy, POEM, Fundoplications, Balloon Dilations, Botox - is there anything 'new' on the horizon for those of us with Achalasia?  .

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  • Trouble swallowing

    I been taking amlodpine for a year now and boy has this medication make my life hell! I feel depressed, scared , lazy and depressed. I also have trouble swallowing. Once it’s time to swallow , it’s like my neck tightness up and I’m scared to swallow.

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  • Achalasia/ Barrats

    Hi, after seeing my surgeon and, gastroenterologist yesterday and, saw how distended I was My surgeon MR. Paul Goldsmith said that he was not worried about the Achalasia as such at the moment but, was very concerned about the destention in my abdomen. He explained that it could be my bladder as the sphincter...

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