Achalasia is an uncommon disease. In fact, many have not heard of this condition. However, it can cause a lot of pain to those suffering from it. Achalasia has also been associated with fibromyalgia. If you experience swallowing difficulty, chest pain or heartburn, you may be suffering from achalasia in fibromyalgia.
What Is Achalasia?
Achalasia is a condition where the muscles in your esophagus are not able to contract or relax. Contraction and relaxation of your esophagus is important for digestion. Whenever you swallow food, your esophagus expands to let the food pass through. If you suffer from achalasia, this normal process will be disrupted. Thus, food essentially gets stuck in your esophagus which can produce a lot of pain.
When this happens, it leads to a series of other symptoms. The first sign is difficulty in swallowing food regardless of whether it is liquid or solid. When food is stuck in your esophagus, your body’s natural response is to regurgitate. The food particles can travel to your lungs when you are lying down which can be dangerous. Achalasia can also cause explainable chest pain. It is also very common to experience heartburn with achalasia.
In fact, heartburn is the common link between achalasia and fibromyalgia.