NYU Langone gastroenterologists recommend making certain lifestyle changes to minimize the discomfort that accompanies achalasia.
Eating slowly, taking smaller bites, and chewing thoroughly can help food travel down the esophagus more easily. Drinking plenty of water during meals can help moisten the food and push it into the stomach.
NYU Langone doctors may also recommend avoiding solid food for three to four hours before lying down to ensure the food makes its way into the stomach to get completely digested.
NYU Langone nutritionists can recommend foods that are easy to swallow and offer advice on how to minimize discomfort while eating.
Your doctor may recommend using bed risers or a wedge under the mattress to keep your head elevated while you sleep. This promotes the emptying of esophageal contents into the stomach.