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I've recently found this forum and all I can say is that I'm delighted to have found people suffering from the same condition I have, however I'm due to get the heller myotomy soon and I am quite scared that I could have possibly been misdiagnosed. Firstly I have had this condition for around 4 years, however I found I suffer minimal symptoms, I can eat any food I wish, I do not bring up foods in my sleep and I also don't suffer any chest pain. The only symptom I suffer is when I eat, I find that food travels down very slowly down the esophagus and occasionally I decide to bring up the food to relieve pressure . I live in a small country (only a population of 1 million )so doctors etc arnt familiar with my condition. I had the manotomy completed last year and during the test I had problems with breathing ( due to another issue ) and therefore I had to repeat it. After this I was informed that I had achalasia and that was it, no other information. I did not do a barium swallow or any other tests. I also read online about a condition caused by cleft lips (which I have) that presents similar conditions that I am currently suffering from. Could it have been possible that I've been misdiagnosed with achalasia? Sorry for waffling but I'm only 17 and I'm worried about getting this life changing surgery if I do not need it, unfortunately explaining this to my parents hasn't helped as they know little about this condition and say that surgery is the best. Any information on to what I could do would be extremely helpful.
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