Esophageal Spasm Treatment
- Tricyclic antidepressants:
- Anticholinergic medications
- Calcium channel blockers
- Botulism toxin:
- Esophageal dilation for esophageal spasm:
- The muscles are dilated during endoscopy using a balloon
- Surgery for esophageal spasm:
- Small cuts are made in the muscle in order to reduce spasm
- Identifying dietary food triggers:
- Dietary triggers are often patient specific
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Esophageal Spasm Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of an esophageal spasm.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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