All About Hiccups

By Kim Schrupp

What are Hiccups?

Hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates your lung area from your stomach and help you to breath. Every time you breathe in and out it contracts and relaxes.

What causes this?

Hiccups are caused by several things.

Large meal

sudden excitement

alcoholic beverages

swallowing air/gum/candy

Unless you have another medical condition that's serious then these are just some things that can cause hiccups.

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Symptoms?

Some symptoms of hiccups are the sound of the hiccups. This is caused by the closing of the wind pipe with the diaphragm contracts. Or you can sometimes have a slight tightening in the chest, abdomen, or throat.
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Whats going on in the body to cause this?

Nothing major is going on in the body, unless you have another medical condition causing your hiccups. So if you have hiccups that last over 48 hours you should go to the hospital immediately because you could have another medical issue that is causing your hiccups.

Treatments?

Hiccups will usually go away on their own, but if you have a medical condition that causes them. But there are medications that help.

Chlorpromazine

Metoclopromide

Baclofen

Or you can have a injection of a anesthetic block injected onto the Phrenic Nerve. You can also have a battery operated device implanted on your Vagus Nerve. It delivers a mild electric stimulation to help stop the hiccups.

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Preventions?

*Avoid doing all these things

Eating too quickly

becoming suddenly excited

large meals

swallowing air

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Interesting facts?

A fetus can hiccup. They do this to help strengthen their diaphragm so they can breathe better.

The longest record of hiccups lasted 69 years. Charles Osborne from Anton, Iowa. Started in 1922-1990

Takes 35 milliseconds for the wind to close

During 1 minutes you could have 4-60 hiccups.