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Oesophageal Achalasia and Spasm

Also known as Achalasia, Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The after effects of achalasia

    Hey guys  I'm now over a week post surgery and everything is going fine. I can now pass liquids with ease and can eat most foods with only some water to help it pass if need be. The stitches are healing fine and it's safe to say I'm happy with the results, however I'm just curious...

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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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  • Post heller myotomy question

    Hey guys, i recently underwent the heller myotomy this week, however have some questions regarding post op. Firstly surgery went well, everything went as planned and I was released after just 1 day however I did not receive a lot of info from the doctors.  My first question is, how long should...

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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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  • 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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  • Swallowing difficulties!!!

    Hi,    I went out for a meal just over 2 weeks ago and had trouble swallowing some steak,since then I can't seem to swallow anything dry or large,sticky etc.It feels as though my throat closes up and it is going to get stuck! I am going for an endoscopy soon,which I hope will show something,as...

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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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  • Advice on heller myotomy

    Hey guys  I'm due to have the heller myotomy surgery on Monday and have been advised to stick to a liquid diet for 5 days prior to surgery. I'm just wondering if anybody here had to do the same and if so how long.  Many thanks 

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  • Post dilatation coughing at night

    My husband is 53 & has recently list 1.5 stones due to Achilasia. He was diagnosed 2 weeks ago & had a balloon dilation a few days ago. Thankfully he is now able to eat again which is a major relief & one which is perhaps of some comfort to those reading who may be constantly losing weight....

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  • Food stuck in throat

    Hi was wondering if anyone could help please. This morning i was eathing some home made buns and for some reason when left in a container they go sticky, and today when i went to have one it was all stuck on my fingers and when i took a bite it got stuck in my throat by my adams apple scared me to death...

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  • Need some advise for my son

    Hi We've just come across this forum and  just so pleased to be able to speak to others in the same situation, Our Son Zak has a condition called pelizeaus merzbachers, although they were questioning that, zak has been doing well and then has been struck with these problems, he was eating slow...

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  • Balloon dilation for Achalasia Cardia

    Five weeks ago I had a gastroscopy with botox injection which didn't work. Yesterday, I went for a balloon dilation, after telling both the consultant and doctor who was to carry out this procedure that their conscious sedation did not work on me, as throughout the four gastroscopies endured I had...

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  • Upcoming Nissen surgery

    I have recently been diagnosed with esophagus spasms the conclusion my doctor has come to is that I need Nissen surgery. I'm supposed to have this done the 13th of September and I'm wondering if this is the right thing to do. I have a small hiatal hernia I have regurgitation and acid reflux but...

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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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  • Diet for Achalasia sufferers, what works for you?

    Very new to forum, and have fond some interesting articles. My diagnosis of achalasia is fairly recent, but my symptoms have been with me for several years.  now 100% certain following monometry, ph tests etc.  have been offered surgery, but don't want it ......yet! Also want to hold...

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  • Anyone have these symptoms after dilation

    I had myotomy years ago, then last year a successful dilation. I can eat anything now, however I get a tight throat and a heavy feeling in my stomach after eating sometimes.I am a very anxious person and wonder if my anxiety is causing this. Anyone else had similar symptoms?

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  • Travelling with Achalasia

    I would like to know how many of  you have travelled with Achalasia, since having Heller Myotomy surgery.  Do you travel out of your country?  Have you had any difficulties 'travelling' ie., food, medical issues?  Sure would like to hear some of your experiences.

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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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  • 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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  • Esophageal spasms wont go away!!!!!!!!!

    I'm glad I found this site as well you all my name is Chiffon I'll be 34 on the 29th. Anyway I was diagnosed officially after a year of terrible nausea and pain in August 2012 with Gastritis and Esophagitis. Up until this year in June I thought it was the gastritis causing the pain. I have been...

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  • swallowing difficulties

    When I was 17 I woke up one morning unable to swallow with which obviously I was panic stricken as I couldn't even swallow my own saliva. My mother took me to the doctors and I was told it was all in my head. (easy for him to say). Went back and I was sent for a barium swallow, where I was told off...

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  • Possible achalasia

    I have had what I call throat spasms for all of my life. I am 34 years old and have never been able to figure out a name for it or anything until now. This is such an immense relief to me because I had never heard of anyone else having them. My question is, does anyone else have the issue of not being...

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  • I need help please

    I have been sick for the pass 9 month's with acid reflux grumbling abdomen feels like a tornado chest pain diarrhea, one side back head and neck pain, sore throat, headache in oneside, discomfort swallowing saliva, irregular period joints pain ,burping, indigestion, acid refreflux unintentional weight...

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  • Please help us. Daughter 16 new diagnosis

    Hello. My daughter was newly diagnosed w Achalasia after her upper gi tests showed she had it. She has a manometry in a few weeks. Then an appointment with surgery team at U of M.  She has been having these horrible episodes of pain. Often time sit will wake everyone in the night. The pain is...

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  • Open Discussion on Primary Esophageal Alchalasia

    This discussion is primarily focused on those who are living with Alchalasia. Even though Alchalasia can occur anywhere along the GI tract, for this discussion we will focus on primary esophageal achalasia. Esophageal achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder, also thought to be an autoimmune anomaly...

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  • Pediatric Achalasia

    Hello fellow members of this forum and beyond,  I've a 15 year old daughter, who's been suffering from Achalasia since Apr this year. Since then she lost 22 lbs. She used to be an athlete and also very active in all aspects of school life but now she has to give up on the sport she love,...

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  • Where are you from?

    I'm curious where all of us with Achalasia are from. Where are you from? My name is Heather, I'm 36 years old and I'm from a suburb near Portland, Oregon (USA).

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  • Feeling Desperate

    I have had swallowing problems, oesophagus pain, burning in chest feeling as though food is getting stuck and an awful sensation of a lump in my throat for the last four years. I was wrongly diagnosed with GERD and treated with PPIs. My symptoms have gradually got worse and after three attempts managed...

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