Ive suffered with these 'attacks' since I was 26, I'm 60 this May 2017.. was first diagnosed with angina and was on betablockers and nitrolingul spray for 2 yrs.
Then was told that it wasnt my heart, but was due to having hiatus hernia, and was Oesophageal Spasms.
The hosp said there was nothing to prescribe to help it.
A nurse had heard of it and said that gulping water down helps to release the muscle spasms, which she said was a cramp type thing. I have done this ever since she told me.. it does help. Some times i have lots of little spasms then a big one, then nothing for a while.
The pain comes on suddenly like a crushing stabbing pain usually in right of chest or centre, into my armpit sometimes, if its a bad one my tongue goes stiff and the pain goes down my left arm. I go dizzy and light-headed. And have passed out sometimes. If its a bad jntense one i cant speak properly for a day or two, and i feel so sleepy i have to lie down and sleep. I feel whacked out for a few days. To me it feels like cramp that you would get in your leg. I try to explain this to people but not many understand how excruciating and frightening it is. Over this last 2 wks i have had 32 small spasms and 2 big ones..
Any help would be great.