I think I have Achalasia...

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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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    If you feel you have Alchalasia, I don’t think you would feel food going into your stomach. That’s the main thing Alchalasia usually is. The inability of food to make its way through the LES into your stomach. Most often you would feel a delay in this happening. 
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    When mine started up 10 years ago ( although I didn't know what it was then ) all my local docs put it down to acid reflux as the only thing I was getting was the chest pain.

    I was also tested for gaul stones and I had an Angiogram to check out blood flow to my heart after I had a little heart attack caused by the pain and the panic.

    I didn't like the Angiogram. They only put half the numbing juice into me before they started. My wife could hear me yelling from down the end of a very long corridor and through 3 sets of fire doors !!!

    They very quickly pumped the rest in.......it was OK after that.

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    Sometimes the problems are not at the bottom of the oesophagus by the stomach, but further up towards the throat, so this might feasibly explain why you get the symptoms, but food does go in to your stomach.   You would need to go to an experienced specialist who would need to interpret tests like high resolution manometry.

    ​There are a number of conditions that it might be (for instance sometimes asthma affects things like this) so the answer to your question is that yes it might be something else, but these things are rare and complicated and cannot be fully diagnosed by anybody other than an experienced specialist.

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      Thanks for saying that. I am seeing my family Dr in a few hours so I’m going to ask about testing. I’m really at my wits end and I need this pain to be figured out! I do have another question though. With Achalasia is it possible it sometimes feels like a Heart attack? 
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      Definitely Yes.   It is to do with the muscles that work the peristalsis contracting together rather than in sequence, and they can be provoked by reflux, food blockages and other things.   You might download 'A Patient' Guide to Achalasia' from the website of the Oesophageal Patients Association under the oesophagus and Achalasia.   Buscopan can help with the pain sometimes.

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