A hiccup is an involuntary spasmodic contraction of the muscle at the base of the lungs (diaphragm) followed by the rapid closure of the vocal cords. Usually, hiccups last for few minutes or a few hours or, occasionally, a day or two. However, chronic hiccups are ones that continue for an extended period of time. Episodes that last for more than two days are persistent hiccups.
Hiccups that persist over a period of time may cause exhaustion and weight loss from lack of sleep and the interruption of normal eating patterns.
Hiccups occur in practically every human being, but chronic hiccups are very rare.
The cause of hiccups often is not known, but some of the triggers sometimes thought to cause them include : spicy foods, hot liquids, any disease or illness that irritates the nerves that control the diaphragm.
For the persistent chronic hiccups,the conditions that may lead to intractable hiccups include but are not limited to: brain lesions, tumors, intestinal diseases, liver or kidney disorders or uremic poisoning. Chronic hiccups may be caused by surgery or the drugs used during surgery. In some cases, a cause is not identified. After all checked out if your doctor tell you that it seems nothing wrong. The best treatment option for persistent chronic hiccups is acupuncture. A 60 year-old gentleman who with the persistent non-stop hiccups for couple weeks came to see Jarry for acupuncture treatmentlast last Monday, and his severe hiccups was gone after one session acupuncture treatment. Everybody's conditions are different, so it doesn't mean one session acupuncture treatment will stop all the hiccups. Some conditions may not suitable for acupuncture treatment. Better check with your acupuncturist first before the acupuncture treatment. If you are looking for an experienced acupuncturist ,please feel free to call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic at 416-800-3978 or book an appointment online with Jarry at www.Oclinic.ca