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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleeplessness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
blurry vision fibromyalgia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth esophageal spasms
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Nitrostat)
Perceived effectiveness
for esophageal spasms (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
esophageal spasms (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (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 4
30s 25
40s 55
50s 91
60s 81
70+ 22
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 26
40-49 years 23
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 33
Female 244

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 115
Not Diagnosed 17

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