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Hey guys,

I am a 23 year old male student in the United States. In 2009 I was diagnosed with GERD after an endoscopy was performed in an attempt to rule out Celiac Disease as a cause of numerous health issues I had been having since I was 16. At the time, I had noticed for a while that I would wake up with a burning pain around my esophageal sphincter after having had a large meal, which was often because at the time I was dealing with binge eating episodes that started at the same age of 16.

In the past two years my regurgitation and what was definitely acid reflux seems to have subsided only to be replaced by a lot of muscle tension over my entire body, as it turns out that most of my health problems stemmed and continue to stem from fairly chronic and sometimes severe anxiety.

This muscle tension manifests itself primarily in chronic burning pain in my pelvic area, in my back muscles and especially in my esophagus, which seems to experience very painful spasms almost daily now.

The thing is that the worst part of the esophageal spasms is the contraction of my esophageal sphincter which I experience as instant and very intense periods of burning pain, which, when this problem started, I assumed was more of that terribly dangerous acid reflux. Needless to say, this scared me a lot, given the potential consequences of chronic damage to the mucosa.

Over time, I realized that this didn't feel like the occasional acid reflux that I do get if I eat to much, despite the fact that they both burn, although in different ways. The acid reflux always feels like a lingering, hot pain that goes with that sour taste one gets in their mouth, whereas the spasms feel like an even more intense pain that lasts only as long as the contraction.

I have the following question: Is that burning pain from the spasms somehow likely to still be acid reflux, despite the fact that it definitely feels different, and that it's momentary without any lingering pain at all? I should mention that during this period of experiencing these spasms, I have been drinking even the most irritating of foods and drinks, such as grapefruit juice, coffee, very spicy food and alcohol even right after this burning/spasm pain without any added irritation or pain at all. Not even a little bit. This is different when I have what is definitely acid reflux, as the irritated area seems to become very sensitive to these substances.

Is it somehow possible that despite all what I have said, it is still the case that those spasms are somehow accompanied by the same acid reflux I had experienced for so long in the past? Does anyone else here with esophageal spasms also experience them as an intense burning pain similar to chronic muscle tension in other areas of the body without experiencing acid reflux?

I do not want to go back to the doctors unless I absolutely have to, as I don't want to be prescribed anything unless I really am experiencing chronic acid reflux again because I associate the spasms with dehydration and anxiety, both of which can be dealt with in other ways.

Thank you for your time.

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