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Swallowing Difficulty..Help ;(

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  • Posted By: forgottensoul
  • October 29, 2006
  • 09:18 PM


Hey everyone...
Well, I've had the year from ***l. I had a sudden onset of esophagitis at a restaurant. Ever since then, I have had extreme difficulty swallowing solid food. Doctors have not been helpful... they suggest taking anti-depressants. But, I would like to try every avenue before I put myself on mind altering drugs.
Here are my symptoms:

Slowed esophageal motility
Difficulty swallowing
Pain in the Jaws
Pain & fullness in the back of the head
Pain in the throat
Pain in the chest
Electrical pain throughout body
Flickering vision
Tight chest
Electical pain in the entire neck region
Heart Palpitations
Heart Flutters

Here are tests and results that I have had:
Cortisol shot to test adrenal glands : normal
Xrays: Negative
Echocardiogram: revealed slight Mitral Valve Prolapse
Blood tests: normal
Barium Swallow: revealed slowed esophageal motility
Manometry test: Hypotensive Lower Esophageal Sphincter, Intermittent non-specific esophageal motor dysfunction with solid swallows, not suggestive of achalasia.

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  • CREST scleroderma can cause difficulty swallowing, heartburn, body pain and neuropathy. Please get to a rheumatologist, and ask for an ANA test. If that is postitive, you'll need the anticentromere B test, and possibly the SCL-70 test, even if the ANA staining pattern is only homogeneous or speckled, which is what mine usually is. Nevertheless, my anticentromere B test came out highly positive. I have most of the things you've described.
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