Turns out heart problems apparently weren’t the cause of chest pains that hospitalized Urban Meyer on Dec. 6 and eventually contributed to him scaling back his schedule as Florida football coach.
At the Southeastern Conference annual meetings in Sandestin, Fla., today, Meyer told reporters that the cause of his chest pains was, “esophageal spasms.” The affliction was also the reason for the coach’s significant weight loss at the end of the 2009 football season.
The condition is likened to an acute form of heartburn and is described by MayoClinic.com as:
Esophageal spasms are an uncoordinated series of muscle contractions that prevent food from traveling properly from your esophagus to your stomach. These spasms can be very painful. Chest pain is a common symptom of esophageal spasm.
Stress is cited as a contributing cause of the malady, which can be controlled by altered eating habits and medication.
Jeremy Fowler of the ORLANDO SENTINEL reports:
Meyer’s doctors didn’t diagnose the cause of Meyer’s pain until January, Meyer said. Meyer told the Sentinel that his previous spasms shouldn’t affect his long-term health, but he can’t solely rely on medication to combat the problem. He must make healthy choices first.
Makes you wonder why Meyer kept the public in the dark for so long about his health.
When he originally announced his leave of absence from the team on Dec. 26, Meyer cited his family as a primary driver in the decision. Perhaps that suggests there’s still more to the story as to why the coach seriously considered stepping away from the program late last year.