Esophageal Spasms — Peppermint Lozenges
I went to Mayo Jacksonville a few days ago to have my esophagus dilated. They dilated to 20 mm. I still have Barretts, but the pathology results were good.
Since dilation I am swallowing better and most solid and liquids are staying down. I am having esophageal spasms (at back of my throat and just above my stomach) and they are causing chest discomfort… and sometimes a bit of food or liquid to come up. I was diagnosed with the spasms years before this dilation. I seem to be having more of them than I used to over the past year.
From the Mayo Clinic website:
Suck a peppermint lozenge. Peppermint oil is a smooth muscle relaxant and might help ease esophageal spasms. Place the peppermint lozenge under your tongue.
I have used peppermint candy some in the past before I read this. I was not told about peppermint lozenges.. which are a bit different than candy.. would help by my providers at the time of diagnosis.
I assume that since the peppermint candy helped that the lozenges would be better.?? Right now my throat is still sore from the endoscopy and I am using some lemon-honey drops I had in the cabinet that have menthol, and eucalyptus oil and they seem to help the spasms some… but for only a short time.
Anyone use peppermint lozenges .. if so a particular brand works better than another?