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I developed dysphagia. Have a high upper esoph. pressure - can't swallow foods

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 9, 2014
  • 05:43 PM

A couple of years ago I began swimming in a pool for training. shortly thereafter I developed a rash and dizzying spells when exercising. I also had to go in to the Emergency Room for what felt like a heart attack twice in 3 days - very scary. I was cleared of this and was presumed to be an esophageal spasm. Shortly after this I developed serious dysphagia, and have not been able to swallow foods for nearly two years now. I also have issues with GERD, but how much this is directly related to my symptoms is unclear. I recently moved here to LA and began working with doctors here (as in Spokane, where I moved from, none could help me). Following tests (barium swallow and motility testing) it is revealed I have a tremendously high upper esophageal sphincter pressure (one of the highest they've ever seen). The esophageal specialist is not sure why this is happening, nor what to do about it. I am so frustrated with this - am living on liquid diet. there are still possibilities it could be an allergies (food, or possibly the chlorine - and no, I'm not swimming in pools with chlorine any longer..) If anyone has any initial thoughts I'd greatly appreciated it.

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  • I was swimming a lot this summer and developed dysphagia. I had a barium swallow. They said I have tertiary contractions likely related to presbyesophagus. I am wondering if swimming could have changed my posture in a way that put pressure on nerves that control my esophagus. I try to swim with my face above the water, which might have put a strain on my neck. My back got very strong from swimming, but now I have decided to take a break from swimming,
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