Many people with this condition experience chest pain. The pain often starts or worsens when eating or drinking very hot foods or liquids, and it may feel similar to the pain of a heart attack.
Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing and more than half of patients with this condition experience the feeling of food getting stuck inside the center of the chest. Patients may also feel a burning sensation in the center of the chest (heartburn).
Causes and Risk Factors
Diffuse esophageal spasms can be caused by disruptions or damage to the nerves that coordinate the muscles of the esophagus. In some cases, this condition can lead to