Hi Mike and Alex. I suffered my first esoph spasm on June 8, 1990. I bet you both vividly remember your first "attack" too! LOL
That first attack landed me in the ER thinking at the age of 36 I was having a massive heart attack, even though I had never smoked or been over weight in my life and was extremely athletic and fitness oriented.
I have been scoped 3 times over the last 17 years. Totally healthy pink stomach lining and esoph lining. My problem is exquistely hypersensitive nerve endings in the lining of my esoph. When some acid splashed against the lining....the spasm happens. I quickly learned to avoid the antagonistic foods, stopped bending at the waist....or as my GI put it....do nothing that makes your eyeballs bulge!
I was prescribed Xanax .5mg 17 years ago. And it works beautifully to stop a spasm in it's tracks within minutes.