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Mar 18 11

Esophageal Spasms Symptoms

by Samuel Meadows

esophageal spasms symptoms

Esophageal Spasms Symptoms

Acidic taste in your throat, pain in the chest, bloated feeling—you may think of it as a usual heartburn attack or acid reflux. But the thing is, you are not so sure unless you see the complete clinical picture and have yourself checked by the doctor. It might be esophageal spasms symptoms that have been bothering you for the past few days.  Read further through this article to see if what you’ve been experiencing indeed points out to esophageal spasms.

The most common and primary manifestation among all the esophageal spasms symptoms is crushing pain. This pain may in fact spread from the upper abdominal pain and radiate upwards to the chest, shoulders, neck and even jaw. As this is very severe, it may even awaken you while sleeping and there are also times that this attack is triggered by hot or cold foods and drinks.

Difficulty swallowing food and even liquids may also present with this disorder. Because of abnormal peristalsis in the esophagus, a person may feel pain and problem swallowing food further down into the stomach.

Episodes of choking and a sensation that something is stuck in your chest are general esophageal spasms symptoms. This is due to the esophagus’ inability to push the foods down further into the stomach.

Bloating and gas may also occur more frequently probably due to the mechanical obstruction. The air or gas particles inside the stomach doesn’t have any means of escape, thus the sensation occurs. Hiccups may also result from the obstruction in the chest and attempt to expel the trapped food particle in the throat.

Other common esophageal spasms symptoms are heartburn and indigestion. These may occur due to the abnormal contractions of the esophagus which may propel food particles which have been chemically digested by acids upward.

Vomiting is also a familiar manifestation of this condition. Oftentimes, episodes of vomiting may contain undigested food which may be due to remnants that have been washed away from the esophageal surface. Because the vomitus may have acidic contents, recurrent vomiting may damage the linings of our pharynx and may cause sore throat.

Esophageal spasms symptoms can be relieved by medications which lessen abnormal muscular contractions and some pain relief drugs. Also, avoiding food triggers and making sure you chew your foods well and swallow them slowly will prevent the recurrence of such condition. If this condition frequently happens even while making sure you follow all the precautions, seeking medical professional help is the wisest thing to do.

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