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What lifestyle changes can help with achalasia?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Patients with achalasia may need to eat slowly, chew food thoroughly, drink plenty of water with meals, and avoid eating near bedtime. This is the case not only before treatment, but frequently, after as well.

By raising the head of the bed or using a wedge-shaped pillow, the patient can encourage emptying of the esophagus into the stomach. After treatment, reflux damage can be inhibited by medications that inhibiting gastric acid secretion. Foods that aggravate reflux should be avoided.

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