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I am 28 year old female and have had achalasia for about 4 years. The symptoms came before I had my first child, but when I got pregnant the symptoms improved and my dysphagia went. 3 months after the birth of my son, my dysphagia symptoms returned. Like so many of you, I went to my GP who said I was over reacting (I work in a cancer ward, which the GP knew and they just assumed I thought it was oesophageal cancer). After 3 visits to my GP they referred me for a Barium Swallow, which then I was diagnosed with achalasia. I have had 2 botox injections, which lasted for about 2-4 months and numerous endoscopies and other tests.
I am currently pregnant with my second child and I still have the dysphagia symptoms. I have been offered the operation or bilatations. Obviously as I am pregnant I have to wait until the baby is born.
It is really nice to know that I am not a freak and I am not the only one suffering with this horrible condition. My friends and family try to understand, but I don't think they really know how horrible it makes you feel both physically and emotionally. It would be really nice to hear from people with this condition.
Look forward to hearing from you.
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