the F&*##*$n hiccups

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    Mar 26, 2007 4:24 AM GMT
    If the truth could ever really be known, I'd bet money that one of the leading causes of suicide is the fricken persistant hiccups.

    The only cure that I've ever found that really works is to go out and run two or three miles. (I had teenage arthritis, my knees make rice crispy noises when I run) I can hardly walk for days after a serious bout of the hiccups.

    Tonight, I tried just a mile with a hundred bench presses of a hundred pounds thrown in. It seemed to work.

    How do you guys deal with them?

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    Mar 26, 2007 10:00 PM GMT
    For a time I was plagued with them - they turned out to be a lesser-known side effect from a medication. Of course I don't know if you're taking anything at all - but if you are, review the enclosures and manufacturer websites for information.

    Good luck!
    Joey

  • Mar 27, 2007 12:57 PM GMT
    Yoga relaxation....does it for me every time because you are forced to relax specific parts of your body. While you are concentrating on each body part, somehow you just forget about them and it stops.
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    Mar 27, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    drink a glass of water upside down
  • Dave135

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    Mar 28, 2007 2:02 AM GMT
    Blow all the air out of your lungs. Close off your nose and don't inhale through your mouth. Let your diaphragm relax and drop down. Wait a few seconds. This will stop ordinary hiccups in their tracks.
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    Mar 28, 2007 2:03 AM GMT
    The way to do it (has helped from many a drunken nights):

    Take one deep breath and hold it for 3 seconds
    - don't exhale

    Take another deep breath on top of that one and hold for 3 seconds
    - don't exhals

    Take one more deep breath on top of those two and hold for 3 seconds

    ...ok, now you can exhale.

    Do that twice more, and if that has not worked, take two of these, and call me in the morning.
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    Mar 28, 2007 3:46 AM GMT
    LOL. I've tried all that stuff. You guys must have pussy hiccups. Fortunately, it only happens to me about once or twice a year.
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    Mar 28, 2007 2:10 PM GMT
    This may sounds absoluely stupid but I was told a remedy that worked for me straight away. It only works once though (as after the first time you'll have the answer to the qeustion).

    The solution is to think and name three completely bald men.

    The rules are simple, they have to be completed, naturally bald, not shaved or balding.

    Once you have named your third man, your hiccups will stop.

    Apparently, this method works by relaxing and contracting your diaphragm which is something that you body instinctivly does when in deep thought and then finds a winning solution. There is science in the madness afterall.
  • hotversguy

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    Apr 07, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    have someone ask you a series of increasingly harder math questions. i have no idea why this works but it does. you forget to hiccup.

    also, light a whole pack of matches, drop it in a pint of water and chug. something about the sulfur.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 14, 2007 8:07 AM GMT
    If I have hiccups drinking a glass of water upsidedown always worked. Hiccups are the bodies response to a dry upper pallet. I asked my eye ear and nose Dr. If they persist biofeedback has been proven to work over 90% of the time. Google it- tired of typing.
  • fordnag

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    Apr 14, 2007 11:02 AM GMT
    One or two teaspoons of sugar eaten dry. California Institute of Technology study showed this work ed nearly every time.
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    Apr 29, 2007 7:20 AM GMT
    when a hiccup is about to come up, i try to "swallow" it (gulp the air lol) or i try to burp when im about to. it seems to work for me.
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    May 18, 2007 8:15 PM GMT
    talk to your doctor...although the suggestions above are fun to read.

    I once had surgery under full-anesthesia, side-effect non-stop hiccups for 48h

    The doctor gave me some kind of gastric relaxer
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    Jun 12, 2007 12:26 AM GMT
    There are two sorts of hiccups - the one that encounter most of us last for about 30 minutes and are due to a full or upset stomach or intestines. This is normal and should be treated with the remedies mentioned above.
    The other sort of hiccups is not natural and should be checked with a doctor. Sometimes there are muscles that spasm in the solarplexus that can cause such pathogenic hiccups and - like mentioned before - some medications actually stimulate these muscles. What usually helps is a muscle relaxant - short acting, only available by prescription though.
    You should talk to your doctor about it and see if he can prescrive you a short-acting muscle relaxant like a benzodiazepine.
    Good luck!
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 12, 2007 12:50 AM GMT
    For the past four days I have begun to hiccup any time I drink any kind of carbonated or effervescent beverage. Mojitos, beer, soda, anything. As soon as I take a sip and begin to swallow it, I hiccup. It's driving me crazy.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 06, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    Try drinking water from the opposite side of a glass,mindgarden!
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    Nov 04, 2007 2:03 AM GMT
    ya, swallow raw sugar. or if no sugar around, hold your breath as long as possible.
  • alekzndr

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    Nov 22, 2007 4:28 AM GMT
    what the %*

    A very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by:

    Eating too much food too quickly.
    Drinking too much alcohol.
    Swallowing too much air.
    Smoking.
    A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
    Emotional stress or excitement.

    ....all you need is to return the carbon dioxide by placing a paper bag on your nose and mouth...Breathing repeatedly into a paper bag for a limited period of time.
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    Nov 22, 2007 4:31 AM GMT
    Slow breaths (paper bag optional) seem to work for me.
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    Nov 22, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    Strange as it may sound, i get the hiccups after i've been laughing really hard so my hiccups lead to more laughing which leads to more hiccups.

    Best way to deal for me is to calm down and just begin breathing slower and deeper

    Yes..I'm wierd, I know, AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!(my wierdness, not the hiccups) icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 22, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    You need to increase the CO2 levels in your blood by either holding your breathe or by breathing in and out of a paper bag. Hopefully that'll work.
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    Apr 21, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    I rarelly get hiccups, but when I do they often last for hours. My last bout clocked in just shy of three hours. I have found the upside down drinking to work on occasion. I will have to try the other remedies.
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    Aug 10, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    a quick stiff jab to the solar plexus will stop them...or start them..its like a toggle switch.

    It may also kill you, so prolly only use it as a last resort.
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    Aug 10, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    This has always worked for me...and worked for others I've "coached" through it. Fill a glass with water (no ice) then take a deep breath and hold it. With breath held, slowly drink the glass of water without stopping and without breathing. Most of the time they are gone before you finish the water. If you hiccup and can keep going without breathing in, do so - otherwise, just take a breath and start over. Unless someone has the "drunk hiccups", it's pretty much worked for everyone. And it's easier than trying to drink water upside down.
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    Aug 10, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    It sounds disgusting (because it is disgusting):

    drink 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar

    My dentist originally suggested this method to me years ago. I thought he was sadomasochistic (or just had a really warped sense of humour), but it actually works really well.