Esophageal spasms can cause a lot of pain, problems swallowing as well as vomiting. Unfortunately they are also more common in people with GERD or acid reflux disease. Normally the esophagus moves food through to the stomach in a coordinated way. This process is called peristalsis. Esophageal spasms can interrupt this process and cause a host of problems. Some of the symptoms of esophageal spasms include: vomiting, squeezing chest pain, problems swallowing, feeling like food is stuck in your throat. These symptoms must be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause and rule out heart related chest pain.
One of the best tests for diagnosing esophageal spasms is called esophageal manometry. During an esophageal manometry test a tube is placed into the esophagus to asses the effectiveness of your esophageal muscles. Other testing might include: tests to rule out heart disease, x-rays or a barium swallow and a scope or Esophagogast...
Definition Esophageal spasms are abnormal contractions of the muscles in the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). These spasms do not move food effectively to the stomach. Alternative Names Diffuse esophageal spasm; Spasm of the esophagus Causes, incidence, and risk factors The cause of esophageal spasm is unknown. Very hot or very cold foods may trigger an episode in some people.
Dear Dr. Motola,
I'm experiencing coccyx pain 4 to 9 weeks after radical prostatectomy and it
is very debilitating. Is this a reported problem with some patients after such
Histopathology indicated that cancer
is specimen confined and MRI, CT and total body bone scan do not reveal any
extraprostatic disease nor metastatic involvement of skeleton. Lymph nodes and
seminal vesicles are not involved.
Is it possible that pelvic floor exercises are causing the problem due to
pull of muscles attached to coccyx or muscle(s) in spasm. Or is likely to be a
problem from the operation which should settle down with time?
The pain that you are experiencing is
most likely related to the healing process from the prior surgery . The
pathology report demonstrates localized disease and the pain is not related to
the primary disease.
The pubococcygeus muscle is the muscle
that you are contracting with the pelvic floor exercises, and although not well
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