Chronic hiccups: Here Are The Causes And Treatments To Cope Up

Some people face frequent episodes of hiccups that can last for years. Here are the causes and treatments to cope up with it. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Oct 22, 2020Updated at: Oct 22, 2020
Chronic hiccups: Here Are The Causes And Treatments To Cope Up

Hiccups occur when a person has a sudden, involuntary spasm or contraction of the diaphragm muscle. People have a perception that recurrent episodes of hiccups are also normal. However, that's not true. These chronic hiccups occur due to several hidden health problems behind it. Normal hiccups develop without any reason and go away within a few minutes.

However, chronic hiccups last over two days and in some cases, may even continue for over a month. These hiccups can make you feel irritated, exhausted, dehydrated and sleep deprived. It may also have an impact on your heart beat in making it irregular. They are very rare and can disturb your day to day life. Read further to know about the causes of chronic hiccups and how to get rid of them. 

Chronic hiccups causes

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Chronic hiccups happen more often in men than in women. Hiccups due to spicy food or eating quickly might be normal, but frequent episodes of unexplained hiccups is a condition. There are many reasons behind it like excitement and stress too. However, chronic hiccups mostly occur due to an underlying medical factor.

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Some common causes of normal hiccups are: 

  • Hiccups also occur due to eating too quickly. 
  • Some medications can also become a reason behind hiccups. 
  • Eating excessively blocks your food pipe for a few seconds, ending up in hiccups. 
  • Breathing toxic gas can cause inhalation of harmful fumes that lead to hiccups. 

While, the causes of chronic hiccups are way too deep. They are: 

  • Anxiety issues 
  • Pregnancy
  • Diseases in the diaphragm 
  • Drinking too much alcohol 
  • Strokes or brain tumor 
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal disease
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How to get rid of hiccups?


This issue of chronic hiccups should not be ignored. This condition requires treatment and advice from a doctor. If the doctor says, you might also have to get some tests done to know about the underlying reason behind these hiccups. The treatment for chronic hiccups totally depends on the cause. It may vary from medications to even a surgery. It is hard but very important to know the factor responsible for your problem. Your doctor may prescribe medicines, sedatives or ask you to have a surgery to treat these hiccups. There are not many researches to find a cure for chronic hiccups. However, you should make lifestyle changes and be on a healthy schedule. Taking a balanced diet along with some exercise is essential. In fact, taking proper sleep and rest can also help you with this issue. 

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