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Is this you, too? 30-min severe chest pain episodes!

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I'd love to hear from anyone with my weird symptoms. For about 18 mos. I've had episodes of chest/sternum pain that are horrific. They come unexpectedly,and are totally unrelated to eating. In fact, I have no stomach/gastric symptoms. I may go 8 weeks without it happening and then may have 2 episodes in 2 weeks. Random. The pain lasts about 30 minutes every time. Always radiates to jaw and is so bad it's almost paralyzing. My heart has been checked out - it's perfectly healthy. Having a HIDA scan next week.
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replied April 14th, 2011
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

From the history provided it seems that you might be having a condition called Diffuse esophageal spasm, which is a motility disorder of the esophagus.

This has the classic presentation of a retrosternal chest pain , difficulty swallowing and severe distressing symptoms.

For confirmation, you might undergo a motility studies of the esophagus, which will give a definitive diagnosis.

The treatment of this condition includes a prescription medication which relaxes the muscles of the esophagus and hence relieves the spasm and hence the symptoms.

I hope this helps.

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