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Problems swallowing food or liquid? – Achalasia Symptoms Checker

 

Achalasia is a dysfunction of the esophagus’s movement and the valve that normally allows food to enter the stomach when people swallow. Although this disorder affects a few people, it can be truly disabling.

When people swallow food, in order to reach the stomach, it has to pass several structures. Firstly, from the mouth, the food reaches the throat, and subsequently, it arrives at the esophagus. The latter organ is a tube of more or less ten inches that connects the throat with the stomach.

The esophagus has several important features that play a role in posterior food digestion. It has movements that allow the food to move forwardly; besides, it has two valves, one in the upper part, that creates a throat-esophagus connection, and underneath, one that regulates food passage between the esophagus and the stomach, separating them.

In achalasia, there are two main problems. One of them is that the necessary esophagus movements to keep the food moving forward are lacking. Another one is that the valve that connects the esophagus with the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) cannot relax. Therefore, the latter situation does not allow the food to reach its final destination, the stomach.

This disease has symptoms that are somewhat characteristic of it, like difficulty swallowing food or liquids. However, several other possible symptoms could appear, including ones that guide doctors towards suspecting from other diseases, such as heartburn typical of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Doctors, or more specifically, gastroenterologists, diagnose achalasia through imaging studies and highly-laborious exams. Several treatments are available for this disease; it will adjust to the patient’s specific background and sometimes even require surgery. Preferably, achalasia should receive medical care in highly-specialized healthcare institutions treating specifically this ailment in order to achieve more successful results.

This tool is an Achalasia Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disorder.

Remember that this disorder needs precise exams (like esophageal manometry) to yield an exact diagnosis and differentiate it from other diseases with similar symptoms. Besides, doctors would often perform several exams to discard any other possible cause or complications in the gut before establishing an achalasia diagnosis. Therefore, any positive outcome in this tool does not represent a definitive diagnosis.

However, this tool will present questions with the most important symptoms and risk factors for achalasia. Hence, the tool will tell anybody who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms being because of this disorder. Using the tool is free and would only take you a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have forty years or more?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have problems swallowing food and/or drinks? (It may feel like they stuck in your throat)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did this problem of swallowing started slowly with solid food (not liquid) first?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Then, after having problems swallowing solid food, did you start having problems swallowing liquid too?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you often have regurgitation of food and/or saliva in your mouth after eating? (or even vomiting)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel that you have modified the way you used to eat because of this swallowing problem, now eating less or smaller portions?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been losing weight unintentionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have chest pain, and it comes and goes? (This pain would mostly appear after eating food)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have any of these symptoms of swallowing problems, regurgitation, and chest pain occasionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have any of these symptoms of swallowing problems, regurgitation, and chest pain every day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have any of these symptoms of swallowing problems, regurgitation, and chest pain with each meal?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have heartburn? (A burning pain in your chest, especially after eating or lying down in the back of your breastbone that you may also feel in your throat like a hot, acidic, or bitter taste)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have excessive belching?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are you coughing at night?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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