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Chronic Hiccups   -   2004/06/20Viewed 872 times this month, last update: 2007/11/26

I'm in the middle of another of my chronic hiccup bouts. Every so often I get hiccups that last days, and once, two weeks.

Here are the symptoms: Powerful hiccups that will not go away, no matter how many home remidies are tried. (At first, breath-holding helps, but only for an hour or so.) The hiccups go away when I sleep, and sometimes when I'm concentrating on something. Diagnosis: Psychogenic. They're not "in my head". If they were, I could will them to go away. I can't. Doesn't matter that their phychoanything though, I'm on day 2 now; by the end of the day, or tomorrow, they will become quite painful.

Maybe stress. Maybe I just need to relax. Ouzo?

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Tom (2012-08-14): Well now I'm having strong hiccups every ten seconds--for 5 hours. Sneezed once and they abated, but only until I swallowed a bite of food. Then the damned things returned. Can't sleep. My wife has had them off and on for years, and has neurological issues. I'm developing them too. But the doctors are worthless. When I mention the symptoms all I get is a vacant stare, then a changed subject. The "family practitioner" knows just enough to fill out the Rx, which is about all they're good for if you know what meds you need. The specialists aren't much better, all they want to do is explain away your malady with boiler-plate BS. It's up to the research scientists to discover why there are so many neurological disorders these days, birth defects and developmental disorders, and cancers too. But they only research what is paid for by someone else, and neurological disorders are on the bottom of their list apparently. Prayer doesn't help. What am I to do?

Alexa (2012-09-15): Ive had the hiccups for the past 5 months, but I only hiccup like 10 times an hour, and they dont hurt. They're really loud and disrupt my life, do I have chronic hiccups, or is it just my chest spaziming?

James (2012-10-01): Chronic hiccups are a serious condition. Though not fatal on their own (one person even lived nearly seventy years with them), they can seriously affect your life. If you have had hiccups for more than 48 hours, seek medical attention. Read more about it here

Sarah (2012-10-21): I have had hiccups for 16 months, approximately 30-80 a day occurring randomly, not seemed to be triggered by anything in particular. I am in good health otherwise. However I also can get eye twitches regularly and bad charlie horses occasionally. Any ideas on this one?

Ryan (2012-11-02): I have had hiccups every day for the past 21 days now. Id say for about 16 of those days it has been from when I woke up, until I fell asleep every like 10 seconds. My brother has even told me hes heard it in my sleep. Ive eaten so many tums to stop the heartburn it gives me. Im going to the doctors on Monday. todays friday. It is making it really hard to sleep, but im eating fine. Talking is kind of obnoxious sometimes though.

Melanie (2012-11-27): A week ago I started getting hiccups in an unusual way. I only hiccup like every 10 to 20 minutes, but I always hiccup twice together.

Melanie (2012-11-27): I'm 13. A week ago I started getting hiccups in an unusual way. I only hiccup like every 10 to 20 minutes, but I always hiccup twice together. Also, I can feel them coming, they aren't normal

Maggie (2012-12-02): I get hiccups about 5 times every day and sometimes they cause a lot of pain in my chest. They are so irritating. What should I do!?

Dana (2013-02-08): I have been getting hiccups twenty to thirty times a day, that last about five to ten minutes, for as long as I remember...I am 45 years old now. I didn't care for a long time cause I stayed drunk and high for most every day. Now 6 years sober....They are driving me nuts and they hurt. I literally envision doing myself harm I get so frustrated! That is just to illustrate the degree of desperation and annoyance. I am sane enough not to do anything to myself. Same way when I was a teen and got such severe migraines I wished my self dead to stop the pain. Agony. This is a terrible way to live. I am gonna see a doctor as soobn as I can. She'll probably say "chew slower...." or some such nonsense. Anyone know a practical cure?

daz (2013-03-03): i have hiccups since 1998 on and off , symptoms include jerking for 2 to 3 days plus acid reflux, multiple jerking to the point where windpipe closes i have to put fingers down my throat to wrench to realise the tension.when i get transfixed on something they seem to wear off but then come back with vengeance . Been to see my doctor and to the hospital to no avail .. Has any one got any answers for me please

katherine (2013-04-28): ive been getting hiccups every day for just over 6 years, 3-4 times a day, sometimes just one, other times they last for about 3-5 minutes, holding my breath doesnt always work and water it starting to lose its ability to stop them, pls can someone help me, my boyfriend said one time i hiccuped in my sleep, i need help, ho fast i eat isnt the cause because i get them while im at work as well.

Antonio (2013-07-30): I been getting hiccups since 2009 right after two bypasses where done i try to talk to the doctor who did the surgery and the secretary told me that the doctor say that hiccups has nothing to do with the surgery,then i start going from family doctor who send me to gastroenterologist,who did an Angiogram he said he did not find anything,then i was refer to a neurologist who told me that when the bypasses surgery where done my phrenic nerve was left sensible then he refer me to the pain clinic for a phrenic nerve injection i wait for nine months to get the appointment in this clinic after this time the clinic send me a 17 pages form to be fill up i did it when i went to the clinic to drop the form they told me that they don't do that kind of treatment and recommend me to talk back to the neurologist who refer me to them wish i did then he said that there is nothing he can do and that was all. I still the same with hiccup every day hiccuping every two seconds the only way i stop it for 20 to 30 minutes is provoking vomit with a plastic spoon pushing it thru my throat. by the way i have got ct scan of my chest ultrasound of my stomach X-rays, blood-test.
I like to try the phrenic nerve injection to see what happen but i don't know how to get information where this treatment is done here in Canada i was told by the the pain clinic this practise is not done.I'm willing to do whatever is necessary to cure this hiccup.I'am ready to take any risk that i have to take whatever happen could be better that living with this problem that has affected my family life, social life,financial life because i had to stop working for a mistake that irresponsible hearth surgeon did and now say that hiccup has nothing to do with the surgery.

Judianne (2013-08-03): I have been researching about hiccups 3-4 or more every day. I have a hiatal hernia and read that can cause diaphramic spasms. Also, do to a broken hip for which the only healing was resting the hip/leg for about 7 mo. using only a walker. I gained quite a bit of weight, as I couldn't exercise. I have read that being overweight also can contribute to the frequent hiccups, as well as the stress I have been under for over a yr due to great demands on my physical & mental being. So, reflux complicated by a hiatal hernia, being overweight and a lot of stress. I think this sums it up for me. I may need a seizure med for a while to stop this cycle. Glad you all shared so that I can know it isn't extremely rare. Makes me feel better.

Emily (2013-10-11): I have had chronic hiccups for about six months, now this wouldn't be so odd to me if it wouldn't have been for my sister. My older sister has had chronic hiccups for about 4 years now. She got her hiccups at the same age as I got mine as well. Nothing worry some, just think it's peculiar.

Gary (2013-11-13): I really believe some of you have a hiatal hernia. Large hiatal hernias can cause chronic hiccups, as well as several other symptons that may mimmick something else. My advice would be to drink a pint of warm water every morning and then stand on your toes and drop down really hard to your heals. this sounds crazy, but the warm water relaxes the stomach and diaphram, and the weight helps to bring the stomach back down from the diaphram.

Here is the link that seemed to help me:


DEBRA (2013-12-11): My brother had hiccups for 4 years and now after not having them for 2 years, they are back again with a vengeance. He will be going to a gastroenterologist, I pray that they can bring some relief, he gets drastically sick , throwing up, headaches, stomach pains, he also was diagnosed with acid reflux. Louisville, ky.

Julia (2014-10-29): I get hiccups everyday. However, it's not one after another... I get one single hiccup and then another later. Sometimes it will be 5 minutes later, sometimes it takes half an hour, and then sometimes it will be an hour later till I get a hiccup. I also get really harsh hiccups that are frequent, loud, and squeaky. They can be extremely painful.

Cathy (2015-03-29): I have a homeopathic remedy that will hit the market this year. I works 100% of the time. If anyone is interested in testing this drug-free, convenient, easy to carry and use please email me @ mrsastorwv@yahoo.com

Geoff (2015-09-11): I had a flu like illness and 3 days into it, my hiccups started. I have now had them for 8 days straight, with each hiccup occurring every 2-3 seconds. They don't stop so during the day l have between 20,000-25,000 over a time frame of say 15 hours. When l eventually fall to sleep, and l wake up, they have stopped. But, shortly after waking, a cough or a swallow will trigger them off again. By the end of the day l feel sick because of this.

Kelly (2015-12-22): I've had the hiccups since yesterday non-stop.


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