With thanks to the staff in the OPA office we now have a new poll. This is to try and gain a better understanding of the spasms that can cause so much distress if you suffer from achalasia. It is not something that is the result of having had an oesophagectomy. It can be about the oesophagus becoming really painful, almost as if one is suffering a heart attack. Achalasia is condition where the muscles affecting the peristalsis, or swallowing process, do not work, resulting in food getting stuck and/or congealing and not progressing into the stomach. I know that this will only affect a small minority of people in this community, but it is something that causes great problems, so we would be most grateful for people's contributions.