Achalasia In Fibromyalgia

achalasia in fibromyalgia

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.


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7 Comments

  • Is Atrial fibrillation common in fibromyalgia patients. I have fibro and now am experiencing A Fib. Do not know what is causing this.

  • I believe I struggle with other things than Fibromyalgia. I wish I could get a full exam, top to the button. Most doctors just blow us off.

  • This sounds like what I have been suffering from for many years.I have told my doctor and other doctors when I have to go to emergency department.Every doctor I have told has said they don’t know what my symptoms could be.I get very discouraged when nobody helps because it’s very painful and I have to heat magic bags up and put on my neck and another for my chest.I also have difficulty when I yawn I can’t close my mouth,it’s awful.

  • What medical test and who would you see to understand this diagnosis I have been suffering from his for 3years I do have fibromyalgia having discomfort in my throat and choking as well severe spasms in my esophagus and it’s scary thanks

  • Wow I have lost over 9st by not being able to swallow food. I’ve seen so many consultants and no. One knows why. I’m tired thirsty and fed up. They are now talking about inserting a PEG in my sideg. Also lanzaprozole but it just does not work

  • I thought it was my Thyroid because it was enlarged and had 12 tumors, so out it went. I still choked and was constipated too.
    Had a Endoscopy/Colonoscopy which showed minute muscle movement in my whole digestive system. Did a Barium Swallow and got the Achalasia diagnosis.
    I got tired of asking Drs what it was and got use to eating a new way.

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