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Signs and symptoms of esophageal spasms can include:

  • Squeezing pain in your chest, often intense, which you might mistake for heart pain (angina)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • The feeling that an object is stuck in your throat (globus)
  • The return of food and liquids back up your esophagus (regurgitation)

When to see a doctor

The squeezing chest pain that esophageal spasms can cause can also be caused by a heart attack or angina. If you experience squeezing chest pain, especially if it is a new symptom, seek medical care right away to make sure it's not a heart problem.

Oct. 19, 2012

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