I occasionally have esophageal spasms associated with acid reflux. Anyone who has experienced their esophagus suddenly going into spasms knows what an incredibly painful phenomenon it is; it also can be scary since it somewhat mimics cardiac chest pain. I have found no pattern as to when it happens, no particular foods to blame. (In fact, sometimes it happens on an empty stomach.)
So, cayenne pepper: I have found that cayenne pepper shuts this down - completely, and usually within a matter of seconds. I place a pinch of cayenne - sometimes even half a teaspoon or so - on the back of my tongue, let it sit there for a second and swallow very gradually. (Hard to explain but I hope that's clear! ) I just let it slowly go down my throat. Of course, this will make you cough like crazy, so have something to drink handy.
I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV (for those old enough to get that joke) and there may well be a number of different causes for esophageal spasm, so I can't vouch for this cure for everyone. But for me, it's so effective, simple, and cheap that I wanted to share with others who suffer this very painful condition and might be on the prescription drug pinwheel, trying one thing after another that may not work or may cause side effects. Gather your courage and give this a shot!
Hi, been diagnosed with esophageal spasms, after heart palpitations ruled out. Valium does work to stop them, but I didn't want to walk around like a zombie all day. I have suffered from GAD for years also. Started researching and remembered about a Lavender oil supplement for anxiety. After not sleeping for a few days went and got some and combined with 900mgs of MSM 3 times a day which is good for muscle spasms. This combo stopped the spasms within 8 hrs! Lavender oil is super for bad nerves and the MSM is also a calming agent and is good for the stomach and your body in general.
So this is my remedy . 1 or 2 soft gels of lavender oil, 900 mgs of MSM morning noon and night you can take with meals for a total of 2700mgs, get a good quality MSM . You can take more MSM if needed. I'm guessing that the spasms are caused by over active nerves. You can ask your DR. but they don't have a clue. Hope this helps someone out there believe me I have felt and feel your pain and anxiety.