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"Hiccups" for 5 years!

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  • Posted By: cadyjt
  • July 9, 2008
  • 00:22 AM

I have had an increasingly worse condition for the past 5 years. At any time during the day, even when I am in the early stages of sleep, I have a loud, painful spasm of sorts. It's almost like a high-pitched "hiccup." I have at least 4 or 5 of these every half hour, sometimes even attacks of 30 or more in a row. These aren't chronic hiccups, as I have normal, regular hiccups every once in a while. These have been getting increasingly worse over time, to where I am in so much chest pain I have to stop whatever I am doing and rest. In extreme cases I have had over 40 in a few minutes, which ends in me vomiting.

I have been diagnosed with a good-sized hiatal hernia, but my GI doctor insists that this is not what's causing the hiccups, as this has been treated and improved greatly, with no change in the events.

I have tried every home remedy for hiccups, along with several medications (even so far as Prozac and Thorazine), I have stopped chewing gum and drinking out of straws, as the doctors believed swallowing air worsens this.

Nothing has helped! This condition is embarrassing and painful. I can't go to movie theaters, nice restaurants, anything. I have not been able to get any help from tons of doctors. It is not a psychological condition (that's been suggesed) and not any kind of Tourettes (also has been suggested.)

Can anyone help? Does anyone have any kind of similar experience?

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