Esophageal Motility Disorder in Lubbock, TX

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Esophageal motility disorder, sometimes referred to as esophageal dysmotility, is the name for a condition affecting the musculature of the esophagus, making it difficult to move food from your mouth to your stomach. Esophageal motility disorder can also be used as a broad term for all swallowing disorders, which might include:

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Inefficient esophageal motility disorder
  • Achalasia

And also secondary esophageal motility disorders with some relation to:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Scleroderma
  • Mellitus
  • Diabetes

If you or a family member have to struggle with swallowing, it might be a result of this condition. Request an appointment at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates for help. Our skilled GI providers routinely manage and treat esophageal motility disorder for patients throughout Lubbock, TX.

Esophageal motility disorder isn't caused by any single factor. The sources are always individual to the distinct condition you suffer from and quite often include:

  • Malignant or benign strictures
  • Neurological abnormality
  • Neuromuscular abnormality
  • Weakened esophageal muscles
  • Spasms of the esophagus

Some of the most common symptoms of esophageal motility disorder in Lubbock, TX patients include:

  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Recurring pneumonia
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in the chest
  • Poor-quality sleep
  • Feeling of anxiousness
  • The sensation of food blocking your chest or neck
  • Regurgitation
  • Trouble with swallowing

If you are struggling with the listed symptoms, connect with Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates at your earliest convenience.

Your GI doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments for esophageal motility disorder:

  • Lower esophageal balloon dilation to help the esophageal sphincter open
  • Botulinum toxin or Botox® injection in the areas suffering spasms
  • Surgical intervention to allow the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter to decrease pressure on the muscle
  • Heller myotomy (the division of the esophageal sphincter muscle to permit food to pass through)
  • Medications to treat muscle spasms

Clinical trials are continually being performed to identify novel types of treatment and to improve upon treatments that already exist. To learn more regarding the treatment options for esophageal motility disorder in Lubbock, TX, we encourage you to connect with one of our gastroenterology providers.

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The skilled GI health providers at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates are dedicated to finding innovative ways to treat esophageal motility disorder and numerous other conditions affecting the digestive system. If you or someone you love are struggling with symptoms such as acid reflux, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and regurgitation, then we encourage you to request a consultation with a local gastroenterologist at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates as soon as you can. We work diligently and use a patient-centric and compassionate approach to the management and treatment of esophageal motility disorder for Lubbock, TX individuals.

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