Esophageal spasms

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What is esophageal spasms?

Esophageal spasms are an uncoordinated series of muscle contractions that prevent food from traveling properly from the esophagus to the stomach. These spasms do not move food effectively to the stomach.

Common symptoms reported by people with esophageal spasms

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with esophageal spasms

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (2) esophageal spasms (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cartia XT)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
esophageal spasms (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Levsin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
esophageal spasms (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)

Data from patients with esophageal spasms, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with esophageal spasms

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2) esophageal spasms (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cartia XT)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
esophageal spasms (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
serotonin syndrome
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleeplessness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Levsin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
esophageal spasms (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with esophageal spasms, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has esophageal spasms on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 22
40s 50
50s 82
60s 54
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 22
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 96
Not Diagnosed 17

These charts show data from esophageal spasms patients who have completed their condition history
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