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Everyone experiences hiccups from time to time, especially after eating too much food or drinking too much alcohol. But some people get hiccups frequently for no apparent reason, and the attacks can last a long time and be distressing.

Why hiccups occur

Hiccups (sometimes spelled hiccoughs) are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm. This is the large flat muscle that lies across the body, just below the lungs. At the same time, the glottis (a flap at the top of the windpipe) shuts off the windpipe, causing the ‘hic’ sound.
It used to be thought that the diaphragm itself was the cause. Later, it was believed that the nerves that control the diaphragm (the phrenic nerves) were firing inappropriately. Now it is thought that a ‘hiccups reflex centre’ in the upper spinal cord is responsible.

An ancient throwback?

Hiccups may be a throwback to 370 million years ago, when our ancient ancestors lived in the ocean and breathed with gills as well as lungs (Bioessays 2003;25:182–8). They needed to hiccup to push water over their gills without it entering their lungs. Researchers think this mechanism remained because it allows babies to close the windpipe when sucking milk, so milk does not enter the lungs.

Triggers for hiccups

Hiccups can be triggered by:
  • sudden expansion of the stomach by swallowing air while eating
  • sudden expansion of the stomach by excessive eating or drinking
  • eating foods that are too hot or too cold
  • fizzy drinks
  • sudden excitement or emotional stress
  • acid reflux from the stomach.
If your hiccups are very persistent there could be a medical cause such as:
  • conditions that irritate nerves to the diaphragm (such as an enlarged thyroid)
  • some medications (such as methyldopa for blood pressure, some tranquillizers)
  • uncommonly, a low level of salt in the blood.

How to stop an attack of hiccups

Everyone has their favourite method for curing hiccups. Next time you have an attack try one of the following.

  • Find a drinking straw, and fill a glass with water. Then press on the front of your ears to close the earhole, and drink the entire glass of water without a pause. If you do not have a straw, ask a friend to press on the front of your ears while you drink from the glass without pausing (British Medical Journal 2006;333:1127).
  • Pull your tongue fairly forcefully.
  • Use a teaspoon to lift the uvula. This is the fleshy tag that hangs down from the back of the roof of the mouth [look at the section on snoring for a picture].
  • Use a cotton wool bud to tickle the roof of your mouth, at the point towards the back where the hard roof becomes softer.
  • Hold your breath for as long as possible, then swallow when you feel a hiccup is about to come.
  • Pant deeply.
  • Breathe into a paper bag ten times, holding the edges of the bag tightly against your face to make a good seal.
  • Swallow while holding your nose closed.
  • Take a teaspoonful of sugar, swallowed dry.
  • Gargle with water mixed with vinegar.
  • Bend forward and drink water from the wrong side of a glass.
  • Chew and swallow some dry bread.
  • Pull your knees up or lean forward to squeeze your chest.

Frequent, distressing hiccups

See your doctor if you suffer from frequent attacks of hiccups, or the attacks go on for a long time and distress you. Your doctor will give you a general check-up to make sure that there is no lung or stomach problem that is irritating the phrenic nerve, or any other cause. There are various drugs that can be used to treat extreme cases of hiccups. These include chlorpromazine, haloperidol, baclofen and some anti-epileptic drugs. All these drugs have side effects, and do not work for everyone. In very, very rare cases, surgery to cut the phrenic nerve is needed.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, June 2nd 2011


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Posted by Connor on 26/07/2017 at 05:28

The closing ear holes and drinking a glass of water worked, so weird, thanks

Posted by cortnee on 17/06/2017 at 01:47

i get hiccups when i stand up and then i vomit immediately everything that i have eaten previous in the day .. any ideas on why ?

Posted by Optional on 11/05/2017 at 01:22

I get these weird hiccups, only one. It started about a year ago and has now increase to several times a day. Whyyyyy?

Posted by AYAchan23 on 18/04/2017 at 02:40

I'm a person who laugh rarely because for me laughing means suffering for a minutes, coz whenever I laugh excessivey I end up having hiccups and it really irritate me a lot espeacially I don't know when it last and it's so embarrasing which I could get some attentions from other...

Posted by EEE on 05/03/2017 at 06:06

Just try basic tips Sometimes they tend to be the most efficient

Posted by Hiba on 23/11/2016 at 03:15

Same thing but it comes out at random times and it's weird it started last month if you are having this problem definitely go to the doctor . It might be the answer to your problem

Posted by Optional on 23/11/2016 at 03:09

I have this problem too it started last month but it comes random times and it's weird I think if you are having this issue then go to the doctor

Posted by R.A on 11/09/2016 at 04:28

I get them every time I eat. Usually it's 3 or 4 deep hiccups that are very loud and they hurt my throat or stomach. They will last every bite of food unless I have something to drink with my meal. This has been an issue since childhood. When I was a child a sitter would not allow me liquids until the meal was gone,it was difficult to eat and she thought I was doing it on purpose. I don't eat out hardly at all because it embarrasses me. My daughter is 17 and she is doing the same as me now for over a year. It's gotten worse now that i am older. I wish I could eat without making those loud gasping sounds!

Posted by Optional on 28/07/2016 at 06:32

Is it odd that I get the hiccups after EVERY TIME I eat and drink something? Like it gets annoying and it usually lasts for a long time.

Posted by Optional on 23/03/2016 at 06:55

I get hiccups ~once every two months during a week. They have lasted from 1 to 7 minutes and this hiccuping frequency has lasted three years. Today, I had the worst bout, my right side hurt after it lasted 7 minutes.

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2016 at 10:43

Reading the comments its nice to know I'm not alone in having single or up to three hiccups while eating, anything. Usually one in the middle of eating and one or two after eating. Started maybe 5 months ago but seems to be more frequent now in that it occurs durinf/after every meal I eat Not so much after drinking. Could be stress or acid reflux related maybe heartburn, gonna start taking Tums again before each meal or maybe directly after and see if that helps. I remember as a kid I used to burp after every single meal, I sure would prefer that to these hiccups they are loud and squeaky sounding!

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2016 at 09:42

I recently had 2 serious abdominal surgeries (removal of my colon, & ileostomy reversal), but now I get hiccups almost daily! Sometimes they last up to an hour, & get really pretty painful, sometimes they aren't too bad, just super annoying (& embarrassing if I'm with people!) Would the surgeries be the cause, & if so, do you think they'll continue after the surgery is less in a year or so?

Posted by Optional on 24/01/2016 at 02:17

I love hiccups for many reasons a) they hurt my chest B)they make me jump C)they take forever to go away D) they are loud E) they are fast So, i got the hiccups in 2010. they lasted 6 years and never went away. They hurt my chest SO bad, and they make my shoulders jump

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2015 at 09:05

optional who hiccups all the time i feel bad for u

Posted by Optional on 27/12/2015 at 05:14

My husband never gets the hiccups. He has chrones disease. He has now had the hiccups for 4 days. Can someone it driving him mad and also the family. Thanks. X

Posted by Optional on 15/11/2015 at 10:00

i alwys have these weird hiccups. ill hiccup once or twice. this happe s up to 10 times a day. HELP!!

Posted by _destin on 05/11/2015 at 01:57

I get hiccups every time i eat or drink. I don't eat fast, well I barely eat! Its been going on for five months now, what should I do?

Posted by Optional on 30/10/2015 at 09:43

I really hate it when I'm around boys I get so nervous and shy I start hiccuping

Posted by Nicolaarrx on 26/10/2015 at 11:13

Hey, So I love having hiccups! For aslong as I can remembe I have always had 1 or 2 hiccups at a time and then they just stop, and their really funny because their soooo loud and squeeky but A few years ago I went through a stage where I used to get hiccups for soooo long and I'm talking 1 hour at a time, and mine are always loud no matter how much I try and hold them in, but it only lasted about 3 months that I got them for ages but I went through a stage of power eating, i went back to having 1 or 2 hiccups (majority of the time 1) And everyone would always say WGAT WAS THAT? I found it really funny cause in the only one my friends know that only get one or two But today they haven't stopped going on an hour and 10 minutes And I'm loving it, I inly opened this post cause I was looking/wondering why we get hiccups

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2015 at 01:32

I have had these things i call hiccup burps for some time now... and whenever i try to look them up i never see anything that resembles what happens to me... Whenever someone brings up hiccups or burps they occur, but i cant control them... They dont feel like they are in my diaphragm, and it feels like it is in my throat... What are these?

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2015 at 07:28

i work in call center and imagine the stress i have to go through when the hiccup poops up in the middle of a call. mine are very loud and take long to go away, thanks for the experience and advice.

Posted by OPTIONAL on 26/08/2015 at 12:20

Thanks! This has helped me a lot!

Posted by Optional on 09/08/2015 at 10:44

I don't get hiccups very often but I have had them six times today and I am completely sick and tired of them.

Posted by OneWithTheSkies on 27/06/2015 at 08:51

I've gotten hiccups four times today. They always cause me to jump.

Posted by Optional on 20/05/2015 at 04:35

I have always had problems with hiccups; sometimes I get one single hiccup (people call it "squeaking" and laugh at me); other times it is SO loud and painful, too; I was on vacation, and a woman that was waiting on my husband and I told me "lemon juice," so I bought one of those bottles of lemon (I have also found that lime works, too) juice, which we use anyway for cooking, and IT WORKS! As soon as you get them, just put a drop near the bitter part of the tongue (the back) and swallow... it has never failed me yet. I hope it helps someone else out there! Thanks!

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2015 at 02:42

I have had the hiccups every day for over 35 years. It started at age 12 and it was almost all day long... over 80 episodes (many many per episode) of hiccups. I went to all of the top clinics in Boston, took all kinds of medical tests, and they could not find why I was hiccuping. And they gave me all kinds of tricks and treatments to try with no avail. After a year or two they've subsided to only a few to several times a day, but still EVERY day for over 35 years. Hiccups are very under-researched. They are not considered to be life-threatening or limiting the quality of life, so they will continue to go under-funded and under-researched. I'm always thankful that while annoying as hell, and down-right debilitating at their height as a kid, it's still an affliction I can live with and consider myself lucky to not have a life-threatening condition.

Posted by Randolph on 28/12/2014 at 02:30

Hiccups occur mostly when eating out. Certain foods seem to trigger this, especially beef. It doesn't seem to happen at home. Possibly it's stress related. We're in the car now & he's eating his dinner, post hiccups.

Posted by Mike s on 09/11/2014 at 06:18

I used to have the same issue. Severe hiccups that could last 24 hours and were so intense they made me vomit. It's acid reflux related. I went to my primary care doctor and he instructed me to fill up a tall glass w water and take a butter knife and put it in the glass. Rest the knife against your forhead as you drink the glass of water in one shot (if you don't understand just try it once the knife is on the glass you will see what I mean). This forces you to breathe in through your nose simultaneously as you drink the water. After you finish the water you will feel the urge to belch. Because of the angle you drank the water at this belch will expel the air that your body was attempting to release. This is not some made up trick to get rid of the hiccups. If you try it you will understand how having the knife in the water forces you to take air in as you drink and the belch that follows will release the air you body was trying to purge. I've been using this for years and it works 95% of the time. Just give it a shot. MS

Posted by Chichilasong on 04/11/2014 at 10:24

Thanks for the help i always get hiccups and i hate them.sometimes if i hiccups for a long time i get a pain in my side

Posted by Classified on 17/10/2014 at 02:58

A spoon full of peanut butter helps. I get them because of strees and because I'm growing. When your growing, you sometimes get the hiccups really badly for some reason. I get them about 6 times a day for a long time. Usually around 10-11 am.

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2014 at 09:14

I don't get the hiccups very often but today I have already gotten the hiccups 3 times. And whenever I do get the hiccups I have them about 6 times in that day. Why is this happening?

Posted by Sarah on 06/08/2014 at 01:40

So I've had the hiccups everyday for the last 4 years, they are not every minute of the day but they are everyday and can be very annoying especially when I am talking to the customers when I am in work, it can be embarrassing at times but I usually try and ignore them. However recently they have been getting more painful more frequently and not sure on how to stop this, I've tried a good few of the remedies but I have no idea if they work as my hiccups are not constant anyway. I would love to be hiccup free for a day so I'm going to visit the doctors and see what can be done! Keeping my fingers crossed as the pain can be very disturbing.

Posted by Optional on 05/05/2014 at 08:39

I m having serious hiccups for last 34 hours what should I do now

Posted by SpilledTea on 01/04/2014 at 10:01

When I get hiccups I ALWAYS jump.

Posted by Optional on 23/03/2014 at 12:55

Why does my nose run when I get the hiccups?

Posted by Optional on 11/02/2014 at 03:50

I get the hiccups around 5 times a day ,everyday. It started around 1 and a half years ago and they last for about 5 minutes. Sometimes a get them during school and they are always really loud. They get worse as they go on and eventually they make me jump. I try the tricks and they work, but i just get them agian later in the day. Should i go to the doctor?

Posted by Anonymous on 23/01/2014 at 09:25

good day, This helps thanks mate.

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2013 at 03:23

A teaspoon of honey does the trick, and sip room temperature water while counting to ten in your head. I hadn't had any hiccups for 4 years and all of a sudden I woke up with hiccups off and on all day, finally 11pm I stopped the hiccups for good. Hiccups are annoying... design flaw.

Posted by Walter Campbell on 30/10/2013 at 12:41

Why is it that drinking water from the opposite side of the cup,stops the hiccup!?

Posted by Samuel on 29/10/2013 at 06:24

I have been experiencing this hiccups for a long time ago n just today it came again. I just visited this site and read through the various ways that it can be treated and by the grace of God it worked like magic. thanks for this information.this is a great site to always visit. I love you all.

Posted by Musah Verba on 02/10/2013 at 01:06

After reading the condition of which was hiccups, in fact it amazed me that only applying a hand to hold nose while swallow could work magically.

Posted by Optional on 24/09/2013 at 02:47

I will suggest to drink 9 sip of water when it will start and it will go away immidiately

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2013 at 10:12

Hi, I have been hiccuping everyday about a year now and have started to puke she. I hiccup a lot of times in a row what do you think it could be?

Posted by Optional on 30/06/2013 at 06:17

I have had hiccups on and off my entire life. I would say about twice a week for the most part. There's times I get them two days in a row but it's rare! On the days I get them this is what happens to me. As soon as I wake up and sit up they start EVERYTIME... They'll last anywhere from 5 min to 30 min... I'll be fine for a couple hours then they come back and continue in this cycle until I go to sleep. Typically I get 5-6 bouts in a day. It's truly embarrassing and I feel for all of you who go through this. I carry sugar in my purse at all times... It always helps me. The only problem...If I eat the sugar to get rid of them they almost come back immediately...If I don't do anything to make them go away and just let them run their course they don't come back for a couple hours..So, I only do it if I'm at work or at the store etc... I've just learned to deal with it BUT people who don't have this problem will never understand how frustrating and embarrassing it is. Well, I wish you all the best

Posted by BMae on 14/06/2013 at 07:31

I started hiccupping my freshman year of college. They would happen one every few days, but when they came they were very loud. I ignored them as best I could and started looking around with the rest of the people to figure out just who was making that screeching sound. I have graduated from college with my bachelor's degree and my master's degree and ...they are still here, but worse than ever. I hiccup all day every day. As soon as I walk in a room I hiccup and everyone looks at me. I am going to go to the doctor. I just don't want to go and pay some doctor to refer me to another doctor. I hate wasting money. It is an issue. I would do the home remedies that people suggest, except there is no way of knowing exactly when they are coming. When they do come, everyone knows they are there. It embarrasses my friends when we are out in public. Grrr...stupid hiccups. I will let you know what the doc. says.

Posted by Trevor on 22/04/2013 at 08:05

I'm worried cause I've been having frequent hiccups since saturday. I've tryied every method I know including the ones I googled but they are all not helping. Its really worrying me now. Please help

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2013 at 11:25

I never get the hiccups but on some days I get like 10 times in a day and when that day is there and I am out I hiccup really loud and everyone stares at me

Posted by jessicacolleen on 28/03/2013 at 01:55

I get hicups about 20 times a day n it hurts what's wrong with me?

Posted by Sarah on 16/03/2013 at 09:49

I get really loud, really weird hiccups everyday(between 5-15 times). Sometimes they're one at a time and sometimes I have a load of them(when I get a load of them they last for about 4/5 minutes). When I say they're wierd, I mean it. They sound like a mixture between overdramatic gasps and dog squeaky toys and they make me gag and gasp. Somtimes they hurt but everyone just laughs, and some people can't even tell that they're hiccups.It's really embarasing(especially when I get them in the middle of school when the teacher is talking). If I try to make them quiter it hurts more and if I have a load of them nothing stops them. I don't know whether I just have really weird hiccups or whether I should go to the docotrs about it. Any help please?

Posted by Indiah on 27/02/2013 at 03:53

I always get the Hiccups for no Reason I get then at the most Randomness times, what does it mean? When you always get then? Should I go to the Doc about them?

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2013 at 07:02

I had the same problem as Laurie's daughter, single loud hickups about 20 times a day. It started after dental surgery, so it could be a reaction to Ultracaine (local anesthestic) or Ibubrofen (painkiller) which I took afterwards. Luckily the frequency of the hickups subsided over 6 months, I rarely hickup now.

Posted by Optional on 09/02/2013 at 10:41


Posted by Anon on 15/01/2013 at 08:28

I've found that drinking sugar water upside down works or more recently while drinking take in a gulp of air and swallow, it's hard in the begging but helps

Posted by Nadjma on 09/01/2013 at 02:35


Posted by peppers on 23/11/2012 at 05:09

I get these hiccups all day long everyday for years now. I will get them randomly and loud one at a time somestimes its a few and sometimes is more full on hiccups and i have to get rid of them or they dont stop and they r loud and annoying, but often once or twice then i am done. Atleast 6-7 times daily.I dont drink soda/ or carbnated drinks. I will get them frist thing out of bed, after i eat and other random times. I do laugh a lot.

Posted by Optional on 17/10/2012 at 03:43

my hiccups have been on off ALL DAY! its totally annoying!! its only today they have been completely annoying, so hopefull they go away soon!

Posted by Geoff on 10/09/2012 at 03:07

Best cure for Hiccup's? Works EVERY time for me and members of my family..... Eat a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Don't know what it does or how it work's, but it does!

Posted by Laurie on 10/07/2012 at 06:25

My daughter (17) has been having a single, loud hiccup frequently (several times a day) ever since surgery in February for a large, twisted ovarian cyst. I don't know if it's related at all, but it seems suspicious, since these started happening soon after the surgery. She doesn't feel them coming on, and they are annoying and a source of embarrassment for her. Any thoughts???

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2012 at 06:37

I have one or two loud,uncontrolled hiccup spasam nearly once a day. Otherwise feel fine. Spontaneous hiccup more to worry about besides being embarassed ?

Posted by Optional on 17/05/2012 at 11:31

I have one hiccup everytime I eat. It usually happens on one of the first 3 bites I have.

Posted by Lily on 03/05/2012 at 05:53

Ive had the hiccups since mid-to-end of January and they wont go away no matter what I do, its been four months of constant hiccups! Its driving me crazy!!

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2012 at 07:37

I never get the hicups and suddenly the past two day I've had them a lot.

Posted by Gary Hughes on 04/03/2012 at 06:00

Hi All, Ive had hiccups on and off, mainly after food for the last 3 days. I came on here today, read Kevin's recommended cure of 07/05/2011 and 20/12/2010, did it and hey presto it worked ...immediately, no need to read any further comments...Many thanks Kevin

Posted by Carley on 14/01/2012 at 06:02

This really help me a lot I used to always hiccup in my sleep and my mom got really confused so we looked up why that happens and we came here and it helps us alot!!!!

Posted by Lynnette on 27/09/2011 at 09:32

For a couple months now I have started having the hiccups everyday, at least 3x a day. Any suggestions of why or what I should do would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Marta on 03/09/2011 at 12:58

The easiest way to get rid of hiccups is to do long division in your head. I don't know why it works, but it must have something to do with the brain. Anyways, it works immediately and it is way easier than trying any other hiccup remedy. So next time you begin to hiccup think 65/9 = or 46/3 equals. You don't have to know the correct answer but attempt to do the problem. I swear by this. & it works for tears too.

Posted by bella on 21/08/2011 at 06:11

i found that if you take a few drops of bitters and put it on a lime and suck the lime, it gets rid of the hiccups right away! its not the lime, but the bitters, and the lime is just something to suck on.

Posted by Thaina on 20/08/2011 at 07:25

My boyfriend has had hiccups for the past seven days. They will stop for five or ten minutes every now an then but they will just start again after that. They are loud and very spazzy, so much so that it is actually causing him to feel nauseous and his throat is sore. We have tried EVERYTHING! every home remedy from this page, the comments, and every other web link you can imagine. They just won't go away. We felt silly enough going to the doctor but felt we needed to due to the pain and nausea it was causing. Well when we went to the doctor the idiot just told us it was no big deal and sent us on our way. I've heard of excessive hiccups being caused by serious medical issues, and sometimes even a tumor. I'm definitely worried. What do we do?

Posted by Katiesaur on 14/08/2011 at 05:15

I get bad hiccups pretty frequently, they're painful, especially in my throat, usually, and they'll go on from 5 minutes to an hour. The only thing that's helped get over them quickly every time is a teaspoon of honey. Usually they go a way withcin two minutes, if not I take another teaspoon of honey. By the second spoonful, they've always gone away. It soothes my throat, too, which tends to staysore for a while afterwards. Hope this can help some people.

Posted by Optional on 02/08/2011 at 06:17

i get the hiccups mainly every day and they hurt me. what does this mean? can hiccups occur when stressed?

Posted by GG on 20/06/2011 at 08:18

I have tried all the suggestions but none have worked. I have had hiccups for several hours each day. Two rather extreme cures work for me AS A LAST RESORT. The first,which I think Bernard eluded to was to retch -usually works. The second, not to be recommended more than once a day but always works instantly for me is to down a NEAT double measure of a spirit quicky.

Posted by Emma Andy on 01/06/2011 at 09:57

I've had hiccup for four days now. it started on sunday after lunch and has been on and off since, but on most of the time. Should i be worried ? I have never had hiccup for more than a few minutes before.

Posted by Kevin on 07/05/2011 at 05:05

Obviously nobody has read my post of 20/12/2010. For if everybody had, all the complaints up to 01/05/2011 would not be present. Anyway, I will repeat it, as it is the dream hiccups cure, that is the only working one on planet. My UNHICCUPER gets you rid of hiccups in just 15 seconds, every time without fail. Once you use it, you will forget about anything else to eliminate your hiccups. All you need is you and your hiccups. Here is what to do: Standing, or sitting on a chair, lean your head backwards as much as you can, to the maximum. Breathe normally. Count up to 15. Slowly bring your head back to normal position. The hiccups are gone (for a long time).

Posted by Optional on 06/05/2011 at 09:24

For the past 4 months i get the hiccups for an hour after i eat or drink. It could be a sip of a drink or even a jelly will trigger it. I went to my doctor and he sent me to get an x-ray of me osophogous . He got the results 2day and there are prescriptions available but cuz im young he doesnt want me totake them because they are sedatives:/

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2011 at 09:41

i get loud sounding singular hiccups every day frequently throughout the day. I have had them for 10yrs. Been debaiting on going to docs

Posted by Optional on 29/04/2011 at 04:03

AWESOME information. I didn't even know our ancestors lived with gills! cool

Posted by Optional on 16/04/2011 at 06:59

I've suffered through hiccups all my life and I've never really found out why the trouble I have with it is that if I hold my breath I'll pass out even if it's under a second and this only happens when I've got hiccups, I don't hold my breath obviously anymore that would be stupid but I find the drinking water upside down thing always seems to work.

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2011 at 10:21

Drink a glass of cold juice or water straight from the fridge to stop the hiccups. Or have an ice-cream.

Posted by Jon on 18/02/2011 at 11:42

Once I had the hiccups for over two weeks! I went to a doctor who ended up putting a tube through my nose down to my stomach to release trapped air. That did the trick haha. Wasn't too pleasant though... Some of these cures are good. Teaspoon to the uvula is solid. Found another one or two at

Posted by Jordan on 11/02/2011 at 03:58

Hello, over the past 6 months I used to get 1 random hiccup a day, but just recently I've started getting them non-stop for about 1-4 hours at a time, when I take a drink they are delayed for around ten minutes. Is there a real problem here or am I just over worrying?

Posted by Mojgan on 20/01/2011 at 11:18

thank you, you have been very helpful.I nearly drove my husband mad with my hiccups for nearly an hour. as you suggested, I closed my nose and hold my breath for a minute and problem solved. thanks again.

Posted by Heather on 15/01/2011 at 10:01

I have always had hiccup problems, though the severity peaked in HS when i would get them 5 or 6 times a day, lasting anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour at a time. I have never found a pattern- eating, drinking, laying in bed almost asleep, exercising, etc. No trigger that i have ever found for myself. I have also never found a "cure" that works. Usually, i just ride them out. They are loud, my belly jerks, and most people who don't know me think I fake them because of how loud they get. For the most part, they don't bother me unless they are really painful in my belly. Most of the time, they make me laugh. Do the "cures" work for some people? Sure. But everyone is different, and they definietly don't work on everyone. Claiming that all we need to do is slow down our breathing? Like I haven't tried that! Over the 25+ years where they have been at times as much as a multiple day visitor, down to at least a weekly visitor, I habe just gotten used to them, and let em ride it out, though it is cute when the kids try to scare em out of me. My doctor told me once that I probably just have a weak diaphram, but who knows- never felt the need to medicate myself or have tests done. They have been getting worse again over the past few months, but if they ever get to the point where I am doing it 5+ times a day, every day, then I will probably try to talk to my doctor about it again.

Posted by Tammy on 01/01/2011 at 09:34

I think just having ya mind on something els helps cos by the time I had finished reading this my hiccups had gone

Posted by Optional on 21/12/2010 at 04:19

For the past two weeks, I have had the hiccups everyday randomly. I don't usually get an "attack" but just spread out hiccups. I counted one day and I get about 50 hiccups everyday. They don't hurt, but I am just worried because it doesn't seem normal. Does anyone else have this problem? Should I be concerned?

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Posted by Anonymous on 19/12/2010 at 04:45

i am always experiencing hiiccups after every meal or even drinking water.i once diagnosed to have a there a cure for this?

Posted by Optional- over on 09/12/2010 at 02:14

Hicups - only when eating. I am slow eater. started with lettuce salad. Then month til next time. Now there is no specific reason for what starts it. Have had throat stretched. Small mouth, wish could stop them. Can go weeks or longer without then have couple times a week. Hard to breathe, lots of time have to go to rest room to throw up.

Posted by Heey-yaw! on 09/12/2010 at 01:44

I think I'm getting mine from stress, because I didn't eat too much today. Or perhaps there's another cause they didn't mention, because I'm constantly exhausted from my sport (could count as stress, I suppose)....

Posted by Optional on 29/11/2010 at 05:16

I get hicups when I drink my cup of tea just before going to bed, I think I swallow too much air as I sip the tea... holding my breath and swolling helped me..

Posted by Green Day Girl on 24/11/2010 at 06:51

I had them, yesterday for 45 minutes none stop, i finally stood up and they stopped, but if this happens again im definatly going to try some of these to stop it quicker.

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2010 at 08:11

this can help but doesnt help me i have had the hiccups for a few years now everyday i get them and its all day every 5 min i have the hiccups and lately its just getting worse i thought it was from fizzy drinks and i havent drank anything fizzy in 3years and i try not to eat fast, but i still have the hiccups everyday one or two at a time no more than 3 but it only goes away for 5 min then it comes back i need to find away to get ride of them for good

Posted by Lauren on 07/11/2010 at 06:31

Is it bad to hiccup all the time? I don't hiccup regularly. but they come randomly at least 10 times a day. It's been happening for a while now and it's really annoying. It get's worse when I laugh a lot. What should I do?

Posted by Optional on 18/10/2010 at 11:11

These ideas are ridiculous! I just got hiccups 5 minutes ago and it really started to irritate me, all I did was control my breathing (slow, deep breaths) and they went away. :) Easy peasy!

Posted by Optional on 18/10/2010 at 06:53

I am experiencing so horrible attacks for the first time though, it is too hard to manage. In the whole day I had the attack atleast 10 times, each time hiccups lasted for 15-30 mins. Hope it is not a huge problem.

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2010 at 01:43

I have read some of the stories posted, I have also seen a lot of the postings on u tube, I don't get hiccups but I love the sound they make, and I find it a major turn on when a girl gets hiccups, I understand that most people hate them ,but I love, and I would love to meet a girl who gets hiccups a lot,and who doesn't let them bother her.Lots of girls try and get rid of them, but I have also seen some who enjoy having them.

Posted by Monica on 12/10/2010 at 05:07

Hiccups have always irritated me, then I saw this site as nothing worked for me, I tried this : ''Swallow while holding your nose closed.'' It worked a treat straight away!! Thank you

Posted by Siddharth Sai G on 11/10/2010 at 09:07

Thank you sir , worked like a charm :)

Posted by Bernard on 11/10/2010 at 09:50

I usually experience hiccups after taking soda any brand, eating bananas also sometimes brings hiccups.I irregularly take alcohol, beer. My hiccups extend to a point where i need to put my figure so that i vomit. Surgery of pherenic nerve does it have an adverse effect? Can it cause death? I request to be given an advice on how i can terminate my hiccups completely.

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2010 at 09:17

I get hiccups a few times a year that are brought on randumly and suddenly. Everyone gets a small case of hiccups now and then that last for a handful of minutes. I tend to have full out attacks. My 'attacks' last 15-60 minutes and will occure 3-5 times in a day. Odd? They tend to be deep, rappid, and loud hiccups that can hurt badly; both my throat and my gut if I swollow them, try to hold my breath, or press my lips to muffle the sound. Generally, I end up laughing as my friends tease me, but the longer they go on, the worse they get and sometimes I'm unable to move. I strongly recomend that aside from sipping a little bit of water at a time (trying not to take in a great deal of air with it) the best thing to do for hiccups is to ignore them. Stay put for a moment, let your body calm down, if it's gas causing the problem, try to belch, if it's hunger, nibble on something like bread or crackers which can obsorb acids and reduce stumach pains and reflex. Then, simply try to think about anything else, after a few moments you'll forget all about the hiccups. But careful, sometimes remembering hours later that they had just disapeared without your realizing can trigger a new set...good luck!

Posted by Madison on 03/10/2010 at 03:44

Thank you so much for this article. I do often get hiccups and they can last all night and keep me up. I do have a question though, they hurt in my stomach and chest when I get them-Is this bad?

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2010 at 05:15

This my not sound true but once i had hiccups for 2 days. NOT KIDDING. I dont know why. im like a norml teenage girl. sometimes its for longer.... its especially annoying when you have it while your sleeping.....

Posted by Amy on 14/09/2010 at 08:45

Just read through the comments after searching for an answer to my hiccuping problem, and found it really helpful. I've never heard of anyone else having a single hiccup after eating so much as a grape, or even randomly throughout the day, several times a day like i do. I'm glad to know i'm not alone! I'm also intrigued as to the relevance of acid reflux, as there seem to be a few people suffering from chronichiccups who have mentioned this. I'll be taking a trip to my GP anyway :)

Posted by Optional on 12/09/2010 at 04:51

i have been having continous hiccups for over 60 hrs and still it hasnt stopped, i have bad acid riflux and i am on lansoprozole tablets and have this hiccups since thursday 8 pm what do i do to get the hiccups to stop, is it bad , i have hiccups even when iam asleep and it is really irritating. this is the first time i have had this pls suggest

Posted by Steve on 28/08/2010 at 04:22

My Fiancée and daughter often have hiccups and a spoonful of peanut butter always cures their hiccups.

Posted by Sara on 20/08/2010 at 02:21

I have the WORST time with hiccups! It never fails, every time I eat or drink I am faced with a small case of the hiccups. All it takes is just one drink of water and hiccup, hiccup, hiccup. Now it's getting to the point where I get a full case of hiccups at least once a week, whereas I used to get them once a month at most. Everyone says it's because I eat to fast, but I can take 2 bites of something and get hiccups. I don't know if I should be worried, or if it's just no big thing. Please Help!!

Posted by Jem on 27/04/2010 at 02:50

I started hiccuping in October, and between November and February I hiccuped pretty much everyday (not constantly, it would just be random hiccups throughout the day, as well as getting proper hiccups a few times) I told my doctor but they said I couldn't use any medication because it has bad side effects. It went away until this week, so I think they are back again. Is there anyway of reducing them seeing as I can't use the medication? Thanks! Jem x

Posted by Rose on 20/01/2010 at 04:29

I suffer from hiccups almost every time i eat. What could be the cause of this?

Posted by Kelly on 12/01/2010 at 09:52

I get one lonely hiccup too, after every meal, or just randomly. its really loud and gives people a fright.. i want to know whats going on, but feel silly going to the doctor!

Posted by Aubrey on 24/12/2009 at 01:47

i don't think i have excessive hiccups but i have them at like the same time every day... if i have them at 7:30 one night i'll have them at around 7:30 the next night.. and i like have them 3x's a day! any suggestions?

Posted by shree on 18/12/2009 at 07:29

Thanku for the sweet solution. From 7 hours continuously hiccups was coming I was about to consult the doctor then i googled I got the answer of 9th point Take a teaspoonful of sugar, swallowed dry. Its really worked. Thank you very much for the sweet full answer.

Posted by John on 17/12/2009 at 12:43

I just did the Swallow while holding your nose closed one and it worked right away. Thank God.

Posted by Frita on 15/12/2009 at 02:10

My heavens, I get hiccups every day. Usually it happens when I take showers, and get a small amount of soap in my navel. Then the hiccups just start rolling in, loud and clear, and my six year old daughter always makes fun of me.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2009 at 01:44

i have a hiccup after everytime i eat it dosnt matter what i eat either. But i can have a meal or a snack but they are always there and they last for a very short period of time. What should i do and how are they caused? I have been diagnosed with reflux and the doctor says this dosnt have to do with anything of my hiccups

Posted by Ellie on 30/11/2009 at 08:32

I always get hiccups. Sometimes it will only be one every hour, or sometimes they'll be sudden and last for a while. I always have stomach pains after, does this mean anything? I've tried methods to stop them, but nothing seems to work!

Posted by zaid on 18/11/2009 at 05:16

wow, the firs method is so helpful. My friend who is 22 years had hiccups for more than 12 hours straight, I came to this site and read the first one here where you close the ears and it worked, it really worked. Thank you very much. We really were going to the hospital. thanks again.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2009 at 02:24

On the category "HOW TO STOP A HICUP" the first option works really well!!

Posted by Shel on 12/10/2009 at 01:17

I've been having the hiccups for the past 4 weeks constantly, they don't irritate me at all, I just get them for five to ten minutes at a time then they go away for about an hour and come back again, I've just been told by my doctor that I need to get an MRI for this to see if I possibly need surgery. Yikes!

Posted by R on 21/09/2009 at 09:57

I get the hiccups almost every 3rd day, usually they are quite loud and make me feel sick and last for a while. Is there anything wrong with me?

Posted by James S on 29/07/2009 at 02:57

Almost everytime I sit down to eat a meal, I get hiccups while eating. I'm a slow eater and when I get them, I have to excuse myself and I usually vomit what I have just eaten. Could there be a medical condition connected with this?

Posted by Sissy on 17/07/2009 at 05:23

thanks your information was quite helpful. now i can pinpoint the cause of my hiccups. i have a problem with acid reflux but did not know they could be the cause of hiccups. your remedies rock. i tried a few of them and they worked.

Posted by bipin k chaurasia on 06/05/2009 at 10:13

a pt after his laparotomy.developed hiccups ,it was persistant till 3 days n more.w e tried alot of medications like metoclopramide, glycerine..,ng tube n others bt no relieve ,any other medication in yr thinking/?

Posted by Aubre Rae on 06/05/2009 at 12:21

I get the hiccups all the time for no reason, not even eating anything. But this helped a lot. I have hyperthyroidism and my thyroid is enlarged slightly. Had no idea it cause hiccups. Thanks! ^__^

Posted by Ali on 27/04/2009 at 01:20

My hiccups occur after every meal. It doesn't matter what I have but they'll be there when I finish. They don't last long but it sure is annoying.. my friends look for it everyday at lunch. It's a new game... probablly just my acid reflux!

Posted by Alissa on 24/03/2009 at 01:31

This was actually very helpful to me. I'm only just about to turn 17 but I get hiccups so frequntly that it has begun to worry me. They don't even last a long time, but I get them everyday, usually about 5 or more times. It's so strange and quite embarrassing. Especially since it's usually only like one or two at a given point. Now I realise it's probably just stress.

Posted by Anonymous on 14/03/2009 at 07:09

i get the hiccups just about every time i eat something, and its not because i eat fast because im always the last one done.

Posted by mickey man on 07/03/2009 at 07:10

When i get hiccups they last for ages.I mainly get them after eating food or drinking too fast.I roughly get them about twice a week.The longest period i have had them was for 2 days.The only break i got was when i slept then in the morning they were back.Trying to eat and drink with hiccups is very hard.I have nearly choaked when i have had a drink.When that happens they come thick and fast.I know when i get them theu go eventually unlike the odd person who gets them worse.I do feel sorry when i hear people suffer badly from them though.

Posted by Anonymous on 28/12/2008 at 04:37

I have one lonely hiccup very often. Could that be a symptom of some stomach problem?


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