Q&A: Why do I get the hiccups everytime I eat?

Question by lazerslady56: Why do I get the hiccups everytime I eat?
It does’nt matter what I’m eating either. It happens every single time I eat. I’ve had my Gall Bladder out. I take antacid pills daily. This has been going on now for about a month. Any ideas? I would love to know. I do have a very bad back and I have Fibromyalgia, so I don’t know if any of that plays into it.

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Answer by Mike
Hiccups are caused by an EXCESS OF OXYGEN. That’s why they can be stopped by breathing into a sealed paper bag covering mouth and nose–you build up carbon dioxide from breathing out and when you breathe back in from the bag, you reduce the excess oxygen to normal. It is possible that you are SWALLOWING AIR with your food–this causes oxygen buildup and HICCUPS. An ear, nose and throat specialist can help you here. Try reducing or eliminating the antacids–that should also help.

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  • kimchungtran  says:

    Hiccups Overview

    Hiccups are sudden, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. As the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between your vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air and makes the hiccup sound. Irritation of the nerves that extend from the neck to the chest can cause hiccups.

    Although associated with a variety of ailments (some can be serious such as pneumonia or when harmful substances build up in the blood for example from kidney failure), hiccups are not serious and have no clear reason for occurring.

    Hiccups Causes

    Many conditions are associated with hiccups, but none has been shown to be the cause of hiccups.

    If you eat too fast, you can swallow air along with your food and end up with a case of the hiccups.
    Any other practices that might irritate the diaphragm such as eating too much (especially fatty foods) or drinking too much (drunk people hiccup) can make you prone to having hiccups.
    In these instances, your stomach, which sits underneath and adjacent to the diaphragm, is distended or stretched. Because they occur in relation to eating and drinking, hiccups are sometimes thought to be a reflex to protect you from choking.

    Hiccups Symptoms

    Hiccups can be described as brief, irritable spasms of your diaphragm that can occur for a few seconds or minutes.

    When to Seek Medical Care
    You should see a doctor if the hiccups become chronic and persistent (if they last more than 3 hours), or if they affect your sleeping patterns or interfere with eating.

    A case of the hiccups is rarely a medical emergency. If your hiccups last for more than 3 hours, occur with severe abdominal pain, or you spit up blood, however, you should seek medical attention.

    Exams and Tests

    Diagnosis is based on physical evaluation. Laboratory testing is rarely necessary unless your hiccups are a symptom of an associated condition.

    Hiccups Treatment

    Self-Care at Home
    Numerous home remedies for hiccups exist. The reason that these remedies are thought to work is that carbon dioxide build-up in the blood will stop hiccups, which is what happens when you hold your breath. If the vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the stomach is stimulated, hiccups can also be alleviated (this is what is happening when you drink water or pull on your tongue).

    Try these methods at home:

    Hold your breath.
    Drink a glass of water quickly.
    Become frightened.
    Use smelling salts.
    Pull hard on your tongue.
    Place one-half teaspoon of dry sugar on the back of your tongue. (You can repeat this process 3 times at 2-minute intervals. Use corn syrup, not sugar, in young children.)

    Medical Treatment

    Treatment for hiccups depends on how severe they are.

    For the common hiccups that will usually stop on their own, home remedies are generally recommended.
    For more severe, persistent hiccups, your doctor may try medications to manage your hiccups. Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) is usually the first prescription medication tried for hiccups, although drugs such as baclofen (Lioresal) and medications for convulsions such as phenytoin (Dilantin) have also been successful.
    Surgery to disable the phrenic nerve (the nerve that controls the diaphragm) is often the treatment of last resort.

    Next Steps

    In healthy people, hiccups usually go away by themselves with no serious effects after that. If hiccups continue, however, they may cause social embarrassment and distress.

    Synonyms and Keywords
    hiccup, chronic hiccups, hiccoughs, diaphragm, spasms of the diaphragm, contractions of the diaphragm muscle, vagus nerve, phrenic nerve, severe hiccups, singultus

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