What Does Esophageal Spasm Feel Like?

How do you stop esophageal spasms?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  • Avoid your triggers. Make a list of foods and beverages that cause your esophageal spasms.
  • 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.
  • Find ways to control stress.
  • Suck a peppermint lozenge.

How is esophageal spasm diagnosed?

Diagnosing esophageal spasm

Diagnostic tests for esophageal spasms include: Esophageal manometry: This measures muscle contractions while you swallow water. Barium swallow: This X-ray imaging test requires you to drink a contrast liquid to offer a better view of your esophagus.

Is esophageal spasm dangerous?

These contractions move food through the esophagus but can cause severe pain. Esophageal spasm is not common. Often, symptoms that may suggest esophageal spasm are the result of another condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or achalasia.

Can esophageal spasms feel like palpitations?

You may also feel like your heart is beating too fast or is pumping harder than normal. If you have GERD, you may sometimes feel tightness in your chest, but this isn’t the same as having heart palpitations. Some symptoms of GERD, such as air being trapped in the esophagus, may cause palpitations.

What can I take for esophageal spasms?

Antidepressants might also help reduce the sensation of pain in the esophagus. Medications to relax your swallowing muscles. Sildenafil (Revatio, Viagra), onobotulinumtoxin A (Botox) injections or calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem (Cardizem CD, Tiazac, others), can reduce the severity of spasms.

How long does an esophageal spasm last?

Esophageal spasms can feel like sudden, severe chest pain that lasts from a few minutes to hours. Esophageal spasms typically occur only occasionally and might not need treatment.

Do muscle relaxers help esophageal spasms?

Medicine: 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. It may also decrease your pain and trouble swallowing.

Why do I get esophageal spasms?

Causes esophageal spasm

certain foods and drinks, including red wine and foods that are too hot or too cold. gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD), particularly if its led to scarring or narrowing of the esophagus. some treatments for cancer, such as surgery of the esophagus or radiation of the chest, neck, or head.

Can stress and anxiety cause esophageal spasms?

Often, symptoms that may suggest esophageal spasm are the result of another condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or achalasia. Anxiety or panic attacks can also cause similar symptoms.