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I have been diagnosed with Achalasia. I am having surgery (Heller Myotomy) next week. I don't like the idea of my muscles being cut however I have extremely painful spasms in the esophagus that can last for hours. I have been having the spasms off and on for years now. I started having symptoms around difficult swallowing this year however it is infrequent, and I can handle it.
I have been told that my muscles don't function at all when I swallow. It have been told that this is not a muslce issue, it is a nerve issue. Apparently, my brain is not triggering the right nerves when I swallow - this is my understanding.
I am wondering if anyone has looking into going to a neurologist for this condition. I am wondering if the brain can be retrained to use the proper muscles when swallowing as well as loosening the lower esophagus muscles.
Any input is greatly appreciated.
Different subject: I don't have a good understanding on what is causing the esophageal spasms. I am curious if Heller Myotomy has helped getting rid of the spasms.
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