Many people have experienced spasms in their esophagus, but don’t even realize it. It can feel like a squeezing sensation, pressure, or sharp pain in the middle of one’s chest. This can cause a great deal of anxiety or the people that experience this frequently, as the pain and pressure can feel like it is in the heart or lungs and mimic symptoms of more serious health problems. This can lead to many unnecessary trips to the hospital, which can be costly.
Most people who suffer from spasms in the esophagus have an underlying condition that causes the spasms. More often than not, it is caused by acid reflux, heartburn, or a related condition. The acid in the esophagus can irritate the sensitive skin and cause the muscle to spasm.
Another major cause of spasms in the esophagus is stress. People who stress frequently can develop anxiety disorders, which are usually accompanied by bad habits like holding tension in the chest, grinding of the teeth, and swallowing air. Anxiety and the habits that come with it can cause the esophagus to spasm. Stress also leads to excess production of stomach acid, which can, in turn, irritate the esophagus.
A visit to the doctor is necessary if one is experiencing any kinds of pain in the chest, as they can signal a serious problem in the body. Although most people do not seek treatment for their acid reflux and/or spasms of the esophagus, these problems can lead to serious illness if not treated. Continual acid in the esophagus can eventually lead to esophageal cancer which is quite devestating. A doctor will be able to tell their patient what is causing the spasms, how to change their lifestyle to avoid them, and may even prescribe medicines to control the spasming muscles or reduce stress in their life.
The best treatments for spasms in the esophagus can be homeopathic. Drinking water or milk to dilute the acids in the stomach and provide a coating on the esophagus can be quite beneficial. Reducing acids and fatty foods in the diet is good in many ways, and will reduce the chances of spasms in the esophagus. Keeping a log of all the things eaten in a few week’s time will help quite a bit. If one gets heartburn and spasms after they’ve had beer or buffalo wings, they should make a note and work to remove these things from their diet. The biggest favor someone who has spasms in their esophagus can do, or anyone for that matter, is to breathe deep, relax, and learn to manage their stress.