I periodically get esophogeal spasms, especially when I swallow pills, and sometimes just when I drink water. Does this sound familiar to anybody else? It feels like something gets stuck in the chest area, and at first, I was a little afraid that it might be a heart attack. I did some reading and kind of concluded that what was happening was an esophogeal spasm. Then it happened to my husband. But he was eating solid food. He was sure he was having a heart attack, and I was about to call 911 when it calmed down. When we asked his ENT about it, she said it was an esophogeal spasm and agreed when I described my experience that it also sounded like this kind of spasm. Recently, I think I've found something that helps. I find that if I bend forward when I'm having a spasm, the pain seems to go away more quickly. (I remember reading something about peristalsis working *against* gravity--that it actually works best if somebody is hanging upside down! I don't know how true that is, but it made me think about bendint forward, and that *does* help.) Anyway, for those who do get esophogeal spasms, I was just wondering whether you tend to get it more when you're eating solid food, when you're drinking liquids, or whether it doesn't matter one way or another. --Laura R.M.