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Can a problem with the esophagus (causing spasms) cause a

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Can a problem with the esophagus (causing spasms) cause a breathing problem such basilar atelectasis?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Yes, an urgent care doctor, who listened to my chest and ordered two chest xrays. I don't take any medications.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: None. And no.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I am a very healthy 81 year old with no chronic health issues until a very painful attack last May. Tests in the ER ruled out heart attack. Most likely diagnosis--esophageal spasm. I've had two more such occasions in August and two in October. Then I began having respiratory symptoms like a cold--runny nose, cough, as well as sore shoulders and pressure in chest and pain when trying to take a deep breath.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 11 months ago.

Hi there.
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Expert:  Dr. SH replied 11 months ago.

Esophageal spasms should not cause any breathing problems like bronchiectesis.

Pain when trying to take a deep breath, sore shoulders are most likely not related to a problem with the esophagus.

I think that with the symptoms that you are having you could have had multiple episodes of a bad respiratory infection.

Since how long are you having these symptoms?

How are you feeling now?