Chronic Hiccups

How To Deal With Chronic Hiccups

There always seems to be confusion around the cause of chronic hiccups.  While many people hear the term and assume that it means a case that lasts a few hours, there are actually episodes recorded lasting for 60 years.

What Is A Hiccup?

Aside from the fact that hiccups remain a mystery to medical professionals, they do know that they are a spasmodic, involuntary contraction.  This contraction is derived at the diaphragm which is essentially the base of your lungs.  It is then rapidly followed by a closure of your vocal chords.

Traditionally, hiccups will last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.  Episodes that last weeks, months or years that leave and continuously return are referred to as chronic hiccups.

What Causes Hiccups?

There is a long list of speculations of what experts believe could be the cause of hiccups however, chronic cases are still unclear.  It is suggested that persistent hiccups are often an indication of some other medical issue that is present.  Some examples include uremia, pneumonia, stomach or esophagus disorders, alcoholism, bowel diseases, bladder irritation, pregnancy, pancreatitis, hepatitis, liver cancer, lesions, tumors and surgery.

Getting Rid Of Hiccups

Quite often, if you leave hiccups alone, they will go away at least temporarily by themselves.  Chronic hiccups may require a visit the doctor and hypnosis, acupuncture or other alternative therapies may need to be explored.  Below are the remedies you can try yourself before pursuing a more extreme option.