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Is there a link between hiccups and alzheimer's disease?

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  • Posted By: SusanLynne367
  • November 18, 2008
  • 06:11 PM

My father has been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. The strange thing: Over time, he has developed chronic hiccups; the number, duration, and intensity of which have increased as the disease has "progressed."

Is anyone aware of a neurological link between hiccups and alzheimer's disease? Does anyone else know of someone with AD who is experiencing the same manifestation of the disease? I told my father's neurologist of my concern in this regard, but she quickly brushed it aside as unrelated...this, without ordering any further tests. I know my dad, and there is DEFINITELY A LINK.

And, why are SO MANY people being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease? It's a national epidemic, worse than cancer, heart disease, and AIDS, in my opinion. And it will no doubt prove to be more costly in the long run, than all these diseases combined. Why isn't more being done about it? Where's the research?

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  • Just came across this while researching my husband's condition.My husband had a blood clot which led to cardiac arrest. The duration of time without oxygen to the brain was long. When the MRI results came in, it showed white areas (damage) where the hippocampus is located. (this is the area of the brain that is responsible for short term memory storage - which is also the area affected when someone has alzheimer's disease)The interesting thing was that for about a week while in intensive care, my husband had hiccups constantly, which the neurologist said was neurological. Not sure why there is not much information regarding this, but I thought this would answer your question. There is no doubt that hiccups can be neurological.
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    • January 3, 2009
    • 02:14 PM
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  • My father is in the later stages of Alzheimers and has hiccups most of his waking time. My mother has mentioned it to the carers and GP (he is cared for a home with funded care) but they do not seem to think there is any link. There is definately something strange going on tho' IMO.
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  • My father is in the later stages of Alzheimers and has hiccups most of his waking time. My mother has mentioned it to the carers and GP (he is cared for a home with funded care) but they do not seem to think there is any link. There is definately something strange going on tho' IMO.My YOAD husband had hiccups off and on for two days when we increased his Axona from 1/2 dose per day to a full dose. He even had them in his sleep! We stopped Axona and the hiccups went away. (He is still on CO and MCT fuel with no hiccups.)Anyone else??gcondap in Calif.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2009
    • 03:13 AM
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  • I know there is a link somehow between hiccups and AD. I've taken care of my neighbor that had AD for the past 3 yrs and she would always get hiccups. Now, I've been taking care of my mother, who has also been diagnosed with early AD and she's been getting them daily now. I am truly convienced there is a link between the two.
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  • Just joined Better Medicine Forum after searching for a link between hiccups and AD. My father is in the Moderate to Severe stage and has only had hiccups randomly as anyone would have. But for the last three days he has had them from the time he got up until he would go to sleep. The reason for my searching was because I felt strongly there was some neurological reason he couldn't get rid of the hiccups. First, we tried all the "tried and true" cures for them and it didn't work. Secondly, I had an impulse thought and said "Dad, I think we got them this time...you are cured...you aren't going to hiccup anymore tonight." I laid him back down and covered him up and low and behold, they were gone. Sounds neurological to me, does it to you? Anyways, thought this might help someone. P.S. This morning when I got him up...as soon as he got good and awake the hiccups started back.
    beckysmith 1 Replies
    • September 13, 2013
    • 05:09 AM
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  • My dad is in the late stages of Alzheimer's and has had the hiccups for 4 days now. We've tried everything to no avail. The Dr. prescribed Thorazine yesterday so I am hoping that works. I've had several friends tell me that it worked for their loved ones with ALZ. It's very sad and stressful to watch...at least he can't remember how long he's had them. No doubt in my mind it's neurological.
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