The common symptom of esophageal spasms is chest pain, which may spread to the arms, jaw, neck or back. Other symptoms include difficulty in swallowing food and a burning feeling in the area of the heart, as stated by WebMD.
Also known as diffuse esophageal spasm, esophageal spasms means esophagus contractions that are irregular and sometimes powerful. This condition sometimes prevents food from reaching the stomach, and this causes the food to become stuck in the food pipe. Doctors do not know what causes esophageal spasms, as stated by WebMD. Treatment may not be necessary, but managing underlying conditions, using medications and undergoing surgery may help if the condition worsens, as stated by Mayo Clinic.