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Do I have achalasia?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 12, 2006
  • 00:06 AM

I have been trying to isolate my swallowing problem for decades. I have been to several doctors and have taken barium like tests and have not received any answers.

My symptoms are like achalasia, so I tend to self-diagnose it at this point. I have difficulty swallowing foods and drinks, but not all the time. When I have an episode my throat will close up and I can not swallow anymore. If I can make myself burp (and that is tough sometimes) I may be able to clear it. When it clears I can usually continue to eat or drink.

A side effect of this is attack is if I don't clear it I begin to pass out. I have fainted as a result of this before, so I always get myself into a lower postion to protect myself in case I do faint. If I do faint, upon wakening, the throat is clear.

This has been going on now for most of my life that I can remember. I am now 61 years old. I think it is occuring more frequently as I get older, but I can't verify that.

Does anyone have any suggestions or is this the best diagnosis? What are my options (short of surgery if possible)?

Thanks to all in advance....

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