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Old 09-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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How do you tell the difference between Esoph. Spasms or reflux?

Ever since I started with PPI's some time ago, I developed an occasional pain that I never had before. It's hard to describe, but it's a very intense and "deep" kind of pain (stabbing/piercing pain, even). I've had reflux issues for quite a while, but this kind of pain, which started 3-4 months ago, is quite unique.

I'm wondering if esophageal spasms could be the reason for this kind of pain, or is it just really bad rebound reflux (I've also been reading about bile reflux, and am even wondering if that is a possibility). How do you tell the difference?

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Re: How do you tell the difference between Esoph. Spasms or reflux?

The feeling I have from GERD is a combination of a dull and burning pain in my chest. Some people can have sharp pains though

From what I hear, when you have esophageal spasms, it's a sharp pain that shoots across your chest and last a few seconds or minutes. It's not continuous because the spasm itself doesn't last very long

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