Anyone have weird esophogus constriction?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gnanny, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    I mentioned this to my doctor and she looked puzzled and said to let her know if it happened again. hmmmm with her reaction being what it was I am not very confident trying to describe it to her again.

    This doesnt happen often, maybe 3 or 4 times since last summer. I get a tightening feeling in my throat...from the base of my tongue to my stomach. It gets tighter and tighter until it gets to be a hot pain. I can feel it all the way through to my back. Lasts a couple of minutes then begins to ease up. Kind of takes my breath away and it is so unlike anything I have ever had that it is unsettling.

    Last night it hit just as I was getting into bed, another time was while I was driving. Not near a time that I had been eating so I dont think it is digestive problem.

    Does this sound familiar to anyone?
    Thanks for your time,
  2. cct

    cct Member

    I have a feeling of my throat closing up and it is very difficult to swallow sometimes, but I have never experienced anything quite as dramatic as what you have described.

    Have you considered seeing an ear, nose, and throat specialist?
  3. openyourmind

    openyourmind New Member

    I have had spasms of the esophagus so bad that I went to the ER several times --very painful and scary--again no solutions--stress may have caused it
  4. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    I dont think it is stress related, I am mellow.

    Yes I may have to get a referral for a throat doctor. Now that I have been researching other posts on this I see something else that I didnt even think was part of this problem. I noticed when eating sometimes I feel full early and feel like I am full even into my throat. I guess if I wasnt swallowing completely the food would feel like it was backed up into my throat.

    Dang. I guess I shouldnt ignore it any longer.

    Thanks for your help
  5. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    Wilkepedia has a good article on it.

    My wife gets this Angina and has to take Nitroglycerin for it. The Nitro causes a migraine as a side effect.

    We've noticed, over the years, that it seems to happen after she eats corn. Apparently she's is indeed allergic to it since she hasn't had an attack since.

  6. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    Yes that was a good article. hmmmm that does sound like a possibility. The worst attack I had made me think of my heart but it wasnt on that side at all.

    I will pay more attention. might not be something to shrug off and assume its a fibro thing.

    Thanks for your time
  7. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    Thankyou. Very enlightening.
  8. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    bumping for Deblin
  9. findmind

    findmind New Member

    Hi stephanie...

    I used to have esophogeal motility problems that were like you describe.

    It was explained to me that its just like some irritable bowel problem; the "peristalis" or movement of the walls of the intestines (or esophagus) stop working correctly.

    In the esophageal area, food can go down it, but just "stack up" at the bottom of it and the pressure and pain can radiate all over your chest and back. It feels just terrible.

    Deep breathing and relaxation techniques can help it, and also visualization of the muscle contractions working smoothly can seem to get them back on track.

    If you get your heart checked out and its ok, maybe this is the problem. I use Bentyl when it happens to my intestines; 1 10mg capsule does the trick and they relax and work correctly once again. It might help your esophagus.

    Hope you find what works for you!

    There's always hope!
  10. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    Thankyou for your input.
    That 'stacking up' feeling is a perfect description. I had just assumed that I was full but wondered how I had filled up so quickly. I am overweight so I thought it was a good thing to fill up on less food but was puzzled how I would be starving again in a short time.

    This stacking up happens often but the other painful spasm could be months between occurances.

    Very interesting. I had hoped someone would have some experience they would share .

    Thankyou very much!
  11. ridfibro

    ridfibro New Member

    Hi Stephanie,

    My weird esophogus problems would happen every once in a while and would be...A crampy type piercing pain in my throat on one side or the other that would last about 30 seconds to 5 min long. It was the most excruciating pain ever and then something would make it go away and that would be all. It would happen a few times a month and then go away for 6. Haven't had them for a long time. I hope they figure yours out. Let us know if you get to a ENT doc.
  12. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    The angina sounded possible but I couldnt imagine that it would only affect one side of my throat but you are right its only one side clear up to the base of my tongue and down to my stomache. It was the kind of squeezing feeling that made the pain go clear through to my back that had me worried a bit.
    The good news is that it doesnt seem to progress and get more intense each time.

    Very interesting.
    Thanks for your input.
    [This Message was Edited on 02/14/2007]
  13. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

    Yes, I have those, except my pain is not really a sharp pain. My throat closes up and I feel a lot of pressure there and in my chest. If any food or medicaation is in my throat at the time it will not go down.

    I went to the doctor about it, they ran a scope down my throat and also did a barium swallow test. They diagnosed me with diffuse esophogeal spasms.

    They tryed me on a antibiotic that has a side effect of relaxing the digestive tract. That didn't work so well for me. Then he gave me a prescription for 2 mg. valium twice a day. That worked but makes me feel tired, so I don't take them all the time.
  14. barbarak

    barbarak New Member

    I had an esophogioscope last friday and the dr. ballooned my esophigus. it was getting very narrow. It was hard to get food and pills down then it would come back up same burning,pain and tightness that sent me to the doc. he sent me right ot the gu doc who did the procedure no more problems so far.
  15. m5shelly

    m5shelly New Member

    I recently read an article about specific diet remedies, in the form of pills or meds, that will cause this. The diet remedies actually expand anything you eat to make you eat less, and people have had problems with stuff expanding in their esophagus, and on the other end, in their intestines.
  16. rockyjs

    rockyjs Member

    I have a condition that causes smooth muscle contractions to become intense at times based on diet. That includes my uterus, bladder, intestines and the lower part of the esophagus (upper part is skeletal muscle).

    What sets it off for me is certain fatty acids including Omega 6 oils, especially primrose oil and borage oil, but also olive oil.

    The other thing that will set it off is high phosphorus food like nuts, especially peanut butter and chicken breast. Taking a dose of magnesium almost immediately alleviates the constriction.

  17. vafmschick

    vafmschick New Member

    I am dealing with this very issue right now. I have two things going on actually:

    1. Throat/neck pain when I swallow on just the left side. Been scoped by an ENT and can't find anything. One doc thought Carotidynia, another thought my GERD.

    2. I feel a "food stuck in my throat" feeling and difficulty swallowing all the time now. This also scares me.

    It has been described to me that people with FMS have "lazy" digestive systems...the muscles in the entire pathway from throat to colon are not in synch and don't work well. Esophageal spasms can cause back pain actually.

    I was given Donatal for the spasms but didn't give it a try long enough to see if it would work. You may want to consider the swallowing dysfunction issue.
  18. Phette

    Phette New Member

    It is more common than you think. I have what is called Achalasia. I have a very difficult time swolling I have had my esophogus dilated with a ballon 2 time and then wilth a guide wire twice. My last treatment they used a botox shot into the esophagus as now I have problems with things as simple a swollowing water at times. Find a good Nose, Ear and Throat person or a gastro person as he is the one that did my shot but the nose ear and throat did the ballon. Good Luck
  19. Nikki

    Nikki Member

    I also have a similar problem with my throat, neck and back. I have always blamed it on my fibro or my hiatal hernia or my diverticulosis.

    It is very, very painful . . . I can hardly talk when this happens. Usually, it goes away pretty quickly; but, the last couple of times it happened, it lasted long enough for me to think about calling EMS.

    Do see an ENT. (I should be telling myself that, huh?!?)

    Remember, if you think it's a heart attack, be sure to chew the asprins. They will take effect more quickly.
    (This advice came from my doctor.)

    Hugs to All,
  20. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    Thankyou so very much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    I really appreciate it.


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