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[QUOTE=KitKat880;4973773]My most annoying symptom of reflux is difficulty swallowing, or the lump in throat feeling. The following is indicative of cricopharyngeal spasms:

-feeling of lump in throat or swelling
-symptoms get worse as the day goes on
-aggravated by stress
-food is easy to swallow and relieves the feeling for a while, but saliva is difficult to swallow
-symptoms can last for long periods (for me it has been 3 months!)

The causes are supposedly stress and anxiety, but I'm wondering if reflux could be causing these spasms since it can cause esophageal spasms. If reflux is causing these spasms, would it make sense that they persist despite PPI use since PPIs do not actually stop reflux?

The only treatment that I can find are benzos, such as Valium, which most doctors won't give out easily because of their addictive properties. I asked my ENT if they would help and he told me he does not like them. Great for him, but he doesn't have to live with this aggravating symptom!

Has anyone else experienced these spasms? I know a lot of people get the lump in throat feeling, but am wondering if anyone else has the symptoms listed above. I'm thinking about trying something natural, like Valerian, but it makes me nervous because these types of things are not regulated.[/QUOTE]
I,m having the same symptoms, except I,m also having pain in my throat, eustation tube and right ear and chest pains. I have been given Prevacid by my doctor and due to an old ulcer I already take Zantac and carafate. The only relief I seem to get is from my Lortabs which I was given for my severe back pain. It is stress related, but diet can have alot to do with how often you have symptoms. I have found this out from my own experience. Good luck with your search for an answer.
[QUOTE=joykay13;5052841]I,m having the same symptoms, except I,m also having pain in my throat, eustation tube and right ear and chest pains. I have been given Prevacid by my doctor and due to an old ulcer I already take Zantac and carafate. The only relief I seem to get is from my Lortabs which I was given for my severe back pain. It is stress related, but diet can have alot to do with how often you have symptoms. I have found this out from my own experience. Good luck with your search for an answer.[/QUOTE]

Yes when the liver salts and enzymes come all the way up into the esophagues, they divert into the actual ears. But if you take HCL in large enough dosages with meals, your LES should work properly like it's supposed to. It looks like you have been misdiagnosed and actually don't make stomach acid anylonger like I do not. This is super common. They quit teaching this problem properly and quit giving patients HCL suppliments over the past 20 years. I want to create a lawsuit agains the actual Amercian Medical Schools!
[QUOTE=joykay13;5052841]I,m having the same symptoms, except I,m also having pain in my throat, eustation tube and right ear and chest pains. I have been given Prevacid by my doctor and due to an old ulcer I already take Zantac and carafate. The only relief I seem to get is from my Lortabs which I was given for my severe back pain. It is stress related, but diet can have alot to do with how often you have symptoms. I have found this out from my own experience. Good luck with your search for an answer.[/QUOTE]

High amounts of gas can feel like pain, but it's not clearly stinging, I would expect it not not be an ulcer and instead about gut dysbiosis(lack of proper digestive enzymes and/or stomach acid production) creating the back up.





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