Is esophageal spasm curable?

The only permanent cure for esophageal spasms is a surgical procedure called myotomy. The surgeon cuts the thick muscle in the lower part of the esophagus. This is only recommended in severe cases when medications and injections don’t work.

Will Tums help esophageal spasms?

Treat other conditions that can make esophageal spasms worse, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). To treat GERD: Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medicine. For mild or occasional indigestion, it may help to take antacids, such as Tums or Gaviscon.

Can low magnesium cause esophageal spasms?

Magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramping, lethargy, heart arrhythmias, tinnitus, mental abnormalities, tremors, esophageal spasms (which can lead to heart burn), low calcium levels (which can effect bone strength), and other mental and musculoskeletal problems.

What do spasms in the esophagus feel like?

Esophageal spasms can feel like sudden, severe chest pain that lasts from a few minutes to hours. Esophageal spasms typically occur only occasionally and might not need treatment. But sometimes the spasms are frequent and can prevent food and liquids from traveling through the esophagus.

Can a spasm in the esophage cause a heart attack?

Esophageal spasms can cause mild to severe symptoms. Some people experience no symptoms. In some cases, esophageal spasms can cause chest pain that feels like you’re having a heart attack. Call your provider or seek immediate medical care if you experience worsening, unexplained chest pain for more than five minutes.

Why does my esophagus hurt when I swallow?

In nutcracker (or jackhammer) esophagus, muscle contractions are too strong or forceful. This can cause pain, especially when you swallow. The pain can be severe and may feel like squeezing in your chest. How common are esophageal spasms?

When do you need treatment for esophageal spasms?

Esophagus. Esophageal spasms typically occur only occasionally and might not need treatment. But sometimes the spasms are frequent and can prevent food and liquids from traveling through the esophagus. If esophageal spasms interfere with your ability to eat or drink, treatments are available.