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Oesophageal Achalasia and Spasm

Also known as Achalasia, Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

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  • Achalasia and, Barrats oesophagus

    Hi, I’ve suffered with Achalasia since 1984 although I wasn’t diagnosed until 1989. I had open abdominal surgery in 89 but, difficulty in swallowing started to worsen again in 1991. I had a dilatation procedure but, sadly that was unsuccessful. I was then put under the care of a professor who was more...

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  • I am 32 year old from Belfast in Northern Ireland and ha...

    I am 32 year old from Belfast in Northern Ireland and have recently been diagnosed with achalasia after over a year of going to see doctors and them telling me I had heartburn and generally saying there was nothing wrong with me! Eventually following 2 endoscopies and persistance with going back to...

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  • painful oesophageal achalasia

    my son of 14 yrs was diagnosed last yr, since then he has had 3 dilations. hehas now been diagnosed with achalasia reflux. he is in so much pain, oes anyone know how to relieve this as the 4 different types of medications arent helping.

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  • Type II Achalasia- Anyone self managing without surgery?

    Hi all. Thank you for taking time to read my post. I’m newly diagnosed and trying to figure out the options. Must have caught this fairly early as my symptoms are manageable with smaller meals and not eating within a few hours of bedtime. I have nighttime or early morning spasms but they quickly go away...

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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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  • I may have Achalasia or some sort of Esophagus Motility problem???

    I am looking for advise or answers from folks who have Esophagus Achalasia or Esophagus Motility issues who may offers some answers for me. I will be very appreciative of all replies. Back in June, 2014, I started having the sensation that I had food stuck in the mid chest area of my esophagus, right...

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  • I’m having tightness in my throat. What is it?!?

    Hello! I’m a 23 year old, female. I have been having issues with my throat & breathing since August 28th. I got a cat in june & found out I WAS in fact allergic to him ( we did get rid of him ) I never have taken medicine my whole entire life till now! So this is super stressful for me. I was...

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  • POEM Surgery

    Hi, its been 14 months since i have had my POEM surgery and have been very happy with the results.  Is there anyone who has had it done longer than 2 to 5 days.  I am  curious to know if they had to repeat the surgery or do they contiue to be ok.  

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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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  • 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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  • 2 Months Post POEM Surgery

    Hi everyone, I’ve had achalasia that progressively got worse over the course of three years, to the point where I almost couldn’t eat without throwing up, and drank at least a liter of water with every meal. I just had a POEM surgery done in November (2017) with Dr. Robert Bechara in Kingston, Ontario....

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  • 10 Days Post-Surgery - WOW!

    Hi group, I was diagnosed with Achalasia over a year ago.  It was bad. Constant regurge, I'm already thin but lost 20 pounds over 12 months . I "managed" by drinking protein shakes, staying very busy and rarely eating more than a couple bites in public so I wouldn't have to run...

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  • spasms after surgery or procedure

    Hi.  I've been trying to decide what treatment to get for my Achalasia.  I'm considering Heller Myotemy, POEM, and a balloon dilation.  For me, the worse symptom I experience is spasms.  On average, I get them every few days and, at this point, I can get rid of them quickly...

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  • Life after heller myotomy

    Hey guys I'm scheduled to get my heller myotomy operation in a couple of months however I have a number of questions about this operation. 1. I'm an active guy and take part in many sports, could this survey affect me taking part in these sports ? 2. If surgery isn't as effective, can you...

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  • Barium swallow clear everything clear?!?

    So ever since some lettuce went awkwardly down my throat I’ve been feeling something stuck in my throat or feel that food constantly gets stuck every time I swallow especially hard foods like burgers, raw oats  My barium swallow and ct scan show nothing and the doctor thinks it’s stress and anxiety ...

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  • Globus Sensation / Tightness in neck / Strangling Sensation

    It started on August 2011 the 8th around 8pm I was eating but had some difficulty getting it down . The discomfort in my throat & neck quickly spiralled out of control and I had several panic attacks with a constant urge to keep swallowing. I paced up and down like a nervous wreck for over 12 hours...

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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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  • Achalasia treated with Cialis

    I have had Achalasia for over 20 years with all the accompanying problems: reguitation, aspieration pneumonia, spontaneous and embassing regurgitation in restaurants, etc.   Recently my doctor suggested that Cialis might be helpful.   Too make a long story short I now take 2.5 mg of Cialis...

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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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  • 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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  • Heller Myotomy w/ fundoplication 3 days post op

    Hi, everyone! I just had a Heller Myotomy and Fundoplication surgery a few days ago. Since the surgery, I still have trouble swallowing. Liquids doesn't seem to go down, but instead it would come back up. Has any one have this problem?

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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