In the past we have had a number of posts from people on this site who have suffered from achalasia, and are conscious about the apparent lack of support that is available for people suffering from it. Personally speaking, I do not know all that much about it, other than it creates real problems with swallowing.
The oesophagus should work with a series of muscular spasms, making food progress through the system, but when this does not work properly, food can sometimes stick, with hardly any progress in food getting below the sphincter muscle into the stomach; or the sphincter muscle tightens and cannot relax enough to let food get through. If the sphincter muscle stays open, then there will be problems with acid reflux rising from the stomach.
I suspect that there are problems with getting a proper diagnosis and then being referred for treatment. And, like many unusual conditions, it is not always easy to find a doctor who understands it thoroughly.
So can I ask for people's experiences please?
We are thinking about setting up a meeting for interested people to come together and consider what might be done to improve things.