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Oesophageal Achalasia and Spasm

Also known as Achalasia, Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

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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 and POEM treatment in UK

    Hi all. I'm about to have POEM treatment for Achalasia and have been posting on other pages, but as there doesn't seem to be a 'blow by blow' account of anyones tests, treatment and results, so I thought I would put mine out there for everyone else who has to go through this crap, so...

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  • Failed POEM

    Hello friends with A, Anyone had to have dilation after POEM? If u did, how long after the POEM it happened? And what’s the outcome? Really appreciate your input if you have experiensed that or have any knowledge on it.🌻

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  • Lump in throat

    Hi everyone. I've been going through some very traumatic times recently and my aniexty has been through the roof. I've encountered gastric problems the last few months and last week I have developed a lump in my throat that comes and goes. The stress of it has caused me to stop eating and I'm...

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  • Looking for best post-surgery clear liquid nutritional drinks

    Hi all,  I'm scheduled to have a Heller's Myotomy with Dor Fundolipication on 11/28. Per my doctor, I need to be on clear liquids 4 days prior and for a week after.  Are there any healthy clear nutritional drinks?  They all look so processed and filled with either sugar or sugar...

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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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  • Living with achalasia.

    Hello to all. First let me say to all that I know exactly what you're going through. I don't have this disorder, my son does. I'll try to be as thorough as possible so all questions you might have will be answered. My Son s 19 years old. And after numerous tests and doctors appointments...

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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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  • Help explain this to me...

    Hi all, I had a POEM surgery in 2016. I took another barium swallow a few months ago, consultant wasnt happy about my results. He said there was "no relaxation on smooth muscle"??? So today i took a high resultion manometry and stomach ph test. The doctor told me I had very low sphinter...

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  • Sometimes I struggle to swallow

    Hello, I'm not sure whether it's normal but sometimes when I'm eating a meal I find it really hard to swallow. I do the normal chew and then as I try to swallow the food just stays at the back of my throat. It feels like I can't do the natural swallow action, like the back of my tongue...

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  • Achalasia, your experiences and my story.

    Hi, new here. I have been suffering with sickness, extreme dysphagia, weight loss and chest pains for 12 years. I am 27 years old. I have had repeated endoscopies over the years which never showed anything significant, however the one I had this week shows probable achalasia. My weight has plummeted...

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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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  • Repeat heller myotomy Has Anyone had one?

    I am 19 months post HM with wrap and am back having issues. I had a dilation 3 weeks ago which made things worse not better. My gastro is referring me back to my surgeon saying I may need a repeat HM. Has anyone ever had this? If so what can I expect with a repeat surgery? I believe I am out of options...

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  • I think I have Achalasia...

    Ive got all the symptoms of Achalasia except when I eat the food seem to be entering into the stomach. Is it possible it’s something else? TIA!

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  • I have what someone called esophageal spasms.

    Food seems to get stuck half way down my esophagus.  I can’t get it up or down,  not even water.  Although I am not really choking, I frequently do that too.  Sometimes I almost vomit. What is this?   What causes it, and what can I do bout it, if anything. I am also...

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  • Fellow Achalasia Patient

    Well first off, I'd like to mention I am 26 year old mother of one, and have had symptoms of this STUPID disease for seven years. For five of those years it was misdiagnosed as GERD. I had went in to the doctor because of the spasm pain, and they told me it was heartburn. I am due for my HM surgery...

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  • Advice regarding heller myotomy

    Hello everyone  I'm about to have my heller myotomy surgery for achalasia this Monday. Initially I assumed I would be able to return to work after a week however after reading online I've read that it can take 2-4 weeks. I'm a young, fit male and was wondering if there could be a possibility...

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  • POEM recovery period and chocolate

    Hi dear All, My daughter had achalasia on 10/9 and on full liquid died for 2 weeks. Since this Sat, after she successfully finished up a piece of kitkat, she's been so much into eating it yesterday and today. She's eaten 10 piece of dove mint bites. This scares me cause I've heard it's...

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  • achalasia and bone density

    I have had achalasia for 10years now and have just had a bone density scan. I have been prescribed alendronic acid to improve my bone density.  Anybody know how safe this is to take with achalasia?  Thanks

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  • What Fundoplication Should I Have?

    After 15 years of being treated with GERD, and after 5 esophageal dilatations I was finally diagnosed with having Stage 3 Alchalasia. Spastic in nature. I've been an RN for two decades and had never even heard of this disease. Although I worked strictly Cardiology. It's been a hell of a ride...

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  • Liquids getting stuck but not solids

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice for a condition I have just found out I have and which appears to be rather rare. For about six months I have been suffering from a burning sensation in throat/chest, dry throat, lots of burping and gas, some nausea and a bitter taste in my...

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  • Needing Names of Achalasia Surgeons

    I have Achalasia and it’s gotten so much worse this year. I’ve been waiting for the POEM surgery but my GI Specialists who diagnosed the Achalasia after EGD’s, EUS’s, barium swallow tests, esophageal manometry, sent me to a surgeon who was to do the surgery. He was new to this clinic and they are all...

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  • Swallowing problems

    I've been having swallowing problems on and off for years .Seems like they come and go until all the sudden they "flare" and I can hardly eat.I often  feel chest pain or pressure,a globulus sensation,runny nose,and when things get bad I constantly gag,cough and vomit.When this happened...

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  • Achalasia - The journey

    I have posted on a couple of other discussions but decided it might be best to just start a post of my own to share my story and see how it compares to  others. I am having the POEM Procedure this Friday and have started my clear liquids diet in preperartion and will post again after the operation....

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  • Esophagectomy or Gastrotomy for Achalasia

    I would really just like responses just from those who have Achalasia, type 1, and have had a Heller Myotomy & Fundoplication, and balloon dilations. At what point did either an Esophagectomy or a Gastrotomy become a necessity?

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  • I think I inhaled beer by accident - is this dangerous?

    So I have pretty bad health anxiety and always think the worst but I need to know if I'm in any danger. I have a lot of problem with swallowing at the moment so eating and drinking can sometimes be a struggle. Last night I was drinking beer and I accidentally inhaled some. I coughed up as much as...

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  • Achalasia

    Hi. I am a 46 yr old. I had a helleirs myotomy and funden nisopllication when i was 12 yrs old. Ever since the op i have had trouble getting most food to pass into my stomach without the aid of a drink. Things started to get worse in the last few years so i went to my G.P. He referred me to a specialist...

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  • Achalasia Cardia - Support - My life with it after POEM.

    Hello,     I am Shrihari from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. And yeah I am one among the rare who got affected with Achalasia which followed into depression and still I am battling with depression and anxiety disorders due to my fear of loss of weight. I still have no clue why I got Achalsia....

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  • Post Fundoplication

    I'm 18years post HM with fundoplication and still have problems with gas bloat syndrome. I'm wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and had the Fundoplication removed and if so what was the outcome? Thanks for anyone that can help

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  • Aspiration pneumonia and achalasia surgery

    Thank god ive found this site with recent posts! Two years ago I started to suffer from heart burn, acid reflux, lump in throat and constant sickness of regurgitated food to the point I can barely manage anything other than mashed potato. 2 years of being told it's stress/grief/in my head/ young...

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