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@miller82602

I was diagnosed with jackhammer esophagus a year ago. Was misdiagnosed as gets for many years. I couldn’t eat without throwing up and always felt like I was having a heart attack. There are a few treatment options available for this one is a Botox injection in the esophagus which relaxes the muscle. I had this and it worked temporarily. Unfortunately it doesn’t last and have to have injections every couple months and eventually it won’t work. 6 weeks ago I had a surgery called a P.O.E.M procedure. They actually go in with a scope and cut the muscle. I can now eat food without it coming back up or getting stuck. The procedure has a really high success rate but finding a dr that will do the procedure is a little challenging as this is a fairly new procedure. Hope this helps

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Hello @miller82602

I appreciate your discussing your experience with the POEM surgery as it relates to jackhammer esophagus. It sounds as if you were really helped by this procedure.

You mentioned that it was difficult to find a doctor to perform POEM. Would you share how you went about finding a specialist for this procedure?

How did you come to a diagnosis and what are the symptoms? I do at times have a bit of difficulty swallowing and pressure in my throat. It feels as if there is a lump occasionally after taking meds or eating. This can continue to indigestion and discomfort in my chest. Does that sound familiar?

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