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Old 01-13-2008, 07:34 AM   #1
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What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Hey all,

I have been having such spasms for about a week now and was put on Nexium by my Internist on Thursday. Still having the spasms, but no more heartburn. I see a lot of cases where people talk about eating "soda crackers" to help with the spasms. What type of crackers are these? Are they like saltines or something?
I take a calcuim channel blocker 2x a day since last October after having a bout with SVTs and I think it is a cause for my spasms and heartburn. Never had any issues until after Christmas with heartburn or "wet burps" until then and hate it.

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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Hi, Yes, soda crackers are your regular saltines. They are not a preventative, but do take them while having an attack.

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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

What woudl be the uk version of them please? cheers

 
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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

How long after eating does it seem like you have an attack? Mine usually happen about 3 hours after eating. Is that normal.

 
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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Hi Lylone,

Actually, you can get an attack at any time, it is not necessarily eating that brings on a spasm. I usually get mine in the middle of the night, so go figure.....

It is very rare that I get one during the day.

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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

What do your spasms feel like?

I hope you all feel better very soon

 
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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

They feel like I have to burp and then it spasms but no air or anything comes up. Just a wierd throb and maybe 2 or three in a series, but that is all. I don't have any pain or stuff that comes up. Sometimes I get a wet burp, but nothing that stings or hurts my throat. My internist looked at my throat and it wasn't even red. Sometimes it makes me cough, but then I do have some post nasal drip going on also. The lump in the back of my throat is constant and the spasms are during the day or when I lay down before bed. They have yet to wake me up at night.

Thank you and I hope they stop soon too. They are so darn annoying.

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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Lylone, I just wanted to put in here that esophageal spams make you feel like you might be having a heart attack, so I think that what you are describing is not esophageal spasms. The spasms do hurt, horribly bad.

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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Does it feel like your heart is skipping beats or flip flopping?

 
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Really the pain is a very deep sharp pain.

 
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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Lylone,

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I take a calcuim channel blocker 2x a day since last October after having a bout with SVTs and I think it is a cause for my spasms and heartburn.
I have been on the same medication for over a year now. One of my new medical books says that the calcium channel blockers cause GERD and breathing problems in some people. Reading about this was quite a surprise. Lucky us! I didn't have any symptoms of GERD, except nausea, until about four or five months ago. I now have them all as well as the LPR symptoms. I suspect the PPI has contributed and is responsible for at least some of the symptoms.

 
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Re: What are "soda crackers" that are used to help Esophageal spasms?

Would the spasms occur inthe middle of chest? sternum area? cheers.

 
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