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Hi All , just wondering if anyone else has to stand up to eat.? 4 years ago i developed swallowing difficulties - occaisionally at first then more frequently and was sick every time I ate . I lost 3 stone very quickly . I had endoscopy , barium swallow and manometry, I was told that I had a weak and inneffective swallow but that my results did not indicate a specific condition! so no treatment suggested ! I by chance worked out that whilst walking (or running to the loo to spit up during meals the food would occaisionally go down so started to stand up for the entire meal and this helped a lot - I still needed to swallow a pint or more of warm water in order to get the smallest meal down but at least it stayed down 70-80% of the time as long as I ate really slowly and chewed a lot and did not eat chunky meat or bread/cake etc. I thought I had cracked it but have now gone back for more tests and have been told that my ooesophagus has distended and the lower sphincter is no longer opening so food is being stored in my oesophagus for long periods so have now been diagnosed with achalasia - I still have to stand up to eat but am hoping that if I can have treatment I may eventually be able to sit down with everyone else - It may be worth trying though for anyone waiting for traetment - if anyone has experience of myotomy and the difference it makes to swallowing would be greatful to hear it - especially recovery time .
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