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swallowing spasms
Posted by: M.E. Clark
Date: August 16, 1999 4:19 AM

I have severe spasms when I swallow liquids and food. Mints also trigger spasms. I do not have heart burn symptoms. The spasms do not occur each time I eat but occurs often and perhaps when I am eating certain food. It seems to be getting worse and with more foods now. I also have weakness in my muscles especially when I am doing something active. I also notice that I am having a tremor in my right hand at times when I am using it with some pressure toward something.

swallowing spasms
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 17, 1999 4:22 PM

It does sound as if there is an allergic response to foods. Allergies have their origin in disturbed digestion, usually gut wall infections. Finding a doctor who understands this and can treat it is often quite a challenge.

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