Category Archives: Achalasia

Achalasia Update: 6 months

It’s been a little over 6 months since I had the Heller Myotomy.  My life has really returned to normal.  I went from 125lbs to 145lbs in about 3 months, and have been hitting the gym regularly to put back on all the muscle I lost.  I don’t often get heartburn, but for the occasional […]

By adam | November 11, 2013 | Achalasia, by Adam, Health, Life Updates Read More

Achalasia Update: Meeting with surgeon

After two years battling dysphagia, regurgitation, and spitting up foamy messes, I’ve  finally gone and met a surgeon.  I was reccomennded to Dr. Carmine Simone by my  GI specialist, Dr. Sam Friedlander.  It took about 3 weeks to get an appointment with Dr. Simone. Dr. Simone went over the procedure, and basically told me what I already […]

By adam | September 4, 2012 | Achalasia, Daily Life, Health, Life Updates Read More

Everything to know about Esophageal Achalasia: Western Approaches

Western Approaches Most of the effective western treatments are surgeries.   I will list these from least permanent (medicines) to most permanent (surgeries). Western Treatments Calcium Channel Blockers (Nitrates) are orally injested drugs such as Nifedipine or Isosorbide Dinitrate.  They are taken 15-30 mins before every meal and work by temporarily relax smooth muscle and reduce LES pressure.  These drugs have […]

By adam | August 30, 2012 | Achalasia, Health Read More

Everything to know about Esophageal Achalasia: Western Diagnostic Techniques

Western Diagnostic Techniques There are three tests used to determine if the symptoms are Achalasia: barium swallow, manometry, and endoscopy.  These tests are used to determine if the difficulty swallowing (Dyphagia) is due to Achalasia or from another possible disease (ie: esophagal cancer). Severity of Achalasia can be scored objectively using the Eckardt Score, the Vantrappen […]

By adam | August 27, 2012 | Achalasia, Health Read More

Everything to know about Esophageal Achalasia: Introduction to Achalasia

Yesterday I went to see my GI specialist about my condition; Achalasia.  This would be the second visit.  The first visit was approximately a year ago, although I seem to have had symptoms for a little over two years. I’ve done about a years worth of internet reading about Achalasia, as well as had firsthand experience.  This post […]

By adam | August 25, 2012 | Achalasia, by Adam, Health Read More