What does an esophageal spasm feel like?

Esophageal spasms are painful contractions within the muscular tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). Esophageal spasms can feel like sudden, severe chest pain that lasts from a few minutes to hours. Some people may mistake it for heart pain (angina).

What causes diffuse esophageal spasm?

The diffuse esophageal spasm occurs due to defective propagation of peristaltic waves through the esophageal wall. Several segments of the esophagus contract independent of each other simultaneously thus causing improper propagation of the food bolus in DES.

How is diffuse esophageal spasm diagnosed?

This condition can be diagnosed using: A barium swallow. X-rays taken of the esophagus while the patient swallows barium show an uncoordinated esophagus that sometimes looks like a corkscrew. Uncoordinated contractions may keep the barium from moving to the stomach.

How can I stop my esophagus from spasming?

To help you cope with occasional esophageal spasms, try to:

  1. Avoid your triggers. Make a list of foods and beverages that cause your esophageal spasms.
  2. Choose food that is warm or cool. Let foods and drinks that are very hot or very cold sit for a bit before eating or drinking them.
  3. Suck a peppermint lozenge.

How do you treat diffuse esophageal spasms?

Treatment of Diffuse Esophageal Spasm

  1. Calcium channel blockers.
  2. Botulinum toxin injection.
  3. Sometimes surgical or endoscopic myotomy.

What is a jackhammer esophagus?

Jackhammer esophagus is a specific disorder of the muscular action of the esophagus (aka “dysmotility”) wherein there are high amplitude abnormal contractions (“spasm”) of the esophageal muscle. These contractions are of much higher force than normal and also are discoordinated compared to normal contraction.

How do I stop my esophagus from spasming?

What is the best treatment for an esophageal spasm?

Pain medicine: This medicine helps take away or decrease pain caused by the spasms.

  • Smooth muscle relaxants: This medicine may help your muscles and esophagus relax so it is easier for you to swallow.
  • Proton pump inhibitors: This medicine may help reduce stomach acid and prevent heartburn.
  • How to diffuse a spasm of the esophagus?

    Esophageal manometry. This test measures the rhythmic muscle contractions in your esophagus when you swallow,the coordination and force exerted by the esophagus muscles,and how well your lower esophageal

  • X-rays of your upper digestive system (esophagram).
  • Upper endoscopy.
  • What is the prognosis of esophageal spasm?

    The prognosis of esophageal spasms varies, based on the severity of your symptoms. Many people experience few or minor symptoms from esophageal spasms. Treatments can often improve esophageal spasm symptoms considerably. Reach out to your provider if you have trouble swallowing or persistent heartburn.

    Is the Les always normal in diffuse esophageal spasm?

    In general, the majority of DES patients have normal LES function with an abnormality mainly demonstrated in the esophageal body. One-third of the patients show a hypertensive, non-relaxing LES. References. 1. Henderson RD (1983) Diffuse esophageal spasm. Surg Clin North Am 63 : 951-962. 2.