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@gman007

@ryman, Do you have any other issues related to the swallowing? GERD or esophageal constriction? I wonder what the etiology of the Botox treatment is? Does it relax the muscles so they can work more freely? Curious because I have gastroparesis and while we know what causes it, there may be a treatment we have not explored. Thanks, Gary

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I have had swallowing problems most of my life. I have had my esophagus stretched and tests done. I also have GERD. The Botox is supposed to relax the lower sphincter muscle so it will open properly. I do not know about the slow stomach. That would be nice. I think this is the last thing I am trying. Between this and my other problems lately I have seen so many doctors and had so many test, I am calling a halt.

It allows the muscles to relax. The Botox blocks the nerves and does not allow the muscle to contract. I have had Botox for my gastroparesis and it helped. The length of time it helps depends on the person. Mine lasted a few weeks for my first treatment but I did it as a trial before having a pylorotomy. Which had really helped.

Ryman, First of all, I don't have a swallowing problem with my Barrett's Esophgus nor am I a MD, but If you suffer from GERD, why would your Dr propose to loosen the lower sphincter which would cause more GERD? Do you have any Barrett's currently? and Dysplasia? Good luck with your decisions.
Dave

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