Signs and symptoms of esophageal spasms include:

  • Squeezing pain in your chest. The pain is often intense, and you might mistake it for heart pain (angina).
  • Difficulty swallowing, sometimes related to swallowing specific substances, such as red wine or extremely hot or cold liquids.
  • The feeling that an object is stuck in your throat.
  • The return of food and liquids back up your esophagus (regurgitation).

When to see a doctor

The squeezing chest pain associated with esophageal spasms can also be caused by a heart attack. If you experience squeezing chest pain, seek immediate medical care.

Oct. 21, 2015