Since Nov 2011, my wife who's 65 has been having chest pain after swallowing solid or liquid foods. It seems whatever she swallows tend to get stuck at the bottom of her chest and take quite a while to clear. At times she also broke out in skin rashes and suffer headaches. The pain is quite severe and causes her to tears trying to suppress it. Please advice.
The description of your wife's symptoms could be due to motility issues with the esophagus. Eg Esophageal spasm.
Esophageal spasms are abnormal contractions of the muscles in the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). These spasms do not move food effectively to the stomach. Patients present with difficulty or pain with swallowing and Pain in the upper chest or abdomen.
Diagnosis, of such conditions would need studies including a Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Manometry and a Barium swallow X ray.
Treatment of such condition can be done with nitrates and low dose anti-depressants.
You may consult with a gastroenterologist, who can examine you and help in proper treatment.
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