Main Article on Hiccups Question: Please describe your experience with hiccups. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Bj, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 07 I never believed that hiccups can last this long. My husband had it on his way from work and it kept the both of us awake and worried till morning. It was an awful experience. I am happy he is fine now after I called my sister (nurse) who advised on gargling, it worked like magic. Comment from: Nelta, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 29 I have had 1 to 3 hiccups daily for 54 years now (I first noticed it was a daily issue when I was 7 years old), so it is possible it began occurring before that. It is random but it's daily, sometimes it is 1 hiccup and it can be as many as 5 hiccups, but on average it is 3 hiccups. I have asked several doctors about it and I'm told they don't know why but assure me it is not hurting anything. Comment from: Mikko, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 07 I experienced hiccups while holding breath and sneezed in unison; funny but true. After that instance, I felt a chest pain in my sternum rating a 5/10 scale. That’s how bad it was. My hiccups were relieved by the way. Thanks! Comment from: Just1Voice, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16 For the last 3 months or so hiccups have been waking me up in the middle of the night. I will be sleeping and next thing I know I am hiccupping and it wakes me up. It doesn’t happen all the time, just enough to be irritating me, ugh. Comment from: Jake, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 06 I've had hiccups on and off for at least 12 to 18 hours now. They come for about an hour or two and then leave, but continue to return. I'm in bed now and they've just gone away, I'm hoping they don’t interfere with my sleep now. Comment from: Mao, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 21 I have been having very bad hiccups for 5 days straight, I don’t know what to do. Comment from: Lorenzo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13 My father is in the hospital and he has been suffering with hiccups for more than 3 days. He's HIV positive. Comment from: Dhan1010, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 10 After a late dinner with a bottle of beer, the next day my hiccups started. After medication it stops for 7 or 8 hours and again kicks off for 1 or 2 hours. Now 9 days are gone with little improvement. All medical tests viz., ECG, x-ray, TMT (treadmill test), lipid and thyroid profile, sonography of abdomen also endoscopy of stomach have been done and every result is normal. Doctor is indecisive now and suggests a chest CT scan. Comment from: stevep, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06 The first time I had hiccups it lasted four days, about 25 years ago. Last December I got them again and they lasted 10 days but they were multiple hiccups and stopped me breathing until I could force myself to breathe out. I went on holiday abroad (just got back), caught some sort of bug and starting with sore throat, hiccups came back even more aggressive. I should add they have never stopped all together in this time. My wife says they stop when I fall asleep. Back to see doctor tomorrow. Comment from: flauter, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26 Hiccups for me are very painful, and none of the remedies work. They usually last about 30 minutes and then finally go away on their own. My daughter gets them the same way. I've also discovered when I get the hiccups they will usually resurface frequently over a couple days. Also wearing tight pants and sitting up straight in a chair seem to bring them on. Comment from: Chuck, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 13 I had hiccups for about 24 hours. This interrupted my sleep and became an annoyance. The hiccups remained all the following day. On the second night I decided to try another approach. I poured a cup, made up of 2 ounces of rum and 1 ounce of water. I gargled with this mixture, swallowing each time, the rum/water mix. Hiccups ended, did not return, and I got some much needed sleep. A day later no hiccups! QUESTION What percentage of the human body is water? See Answer Comment from: Igosima, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 29 The hiccup suddenly started and lasted for about two hours. I'd taken water as the traditional home remedy, to no avail. Then I took some mouthful of honey and after a short while it subsided. Comment from: S.O, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 07 My husband has had hiccups for about 18 hours now on and off! It’s starting to worry me. Comment from: guy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 13 I randomly hiccup or have loud hiccup-like burps usually two or three at a time for no reason, but it happens several times a day and just this past year. I do not know why this happens or if I should be concerned about it. Comment from: LEXI , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 01 I get hiccups everyday around the same time. Comment from: Naeem, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 06 I have chronic hiccups, when it starts it take 3 days to go away, means 72 hours. One friend mentioned antibiotic Metrogyl tablet as remedy. Comment from: A Powers, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 01 I had hiccups before I was born according to my mom's obstetrician/gynecologist. I still get hiccups. Cure is to drink from the wrong side of the glass. Tip over and/or have someone steady you. You are cutting off air and the liquid squeezes the air out, I guess. I don’t know. I just know it's never once failed. Anyway, it's worked on me since 1965, and I've helped many people drink from the wrong side of the glass, and their hiccups stopped. Comment from: Trukstar, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 I have been drinking water all day for hiccups but nothing changed, until I held my breath for a few seconds. It worked. Comment from: golfcathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02 This may sound crazy but I have done this to many people and it works. If someone is having hiccups ask them what their middle name is. I have no idea why this works but it does. Comment from: Trisha, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 24 My brother has been diagnosed with erosive gastritis. He is on 40 mg of Nexium and Gaviscon. He also has been prescribed meds for his mood disorder. He has bouts of a minute or two of hiccups just randomly. Comment from: mewkat, 75 or over Male Published: April 04 I often get hiccups when eating. I find that if I have lettuce with the meal Hiccups are reduced and often stopped altogether. Comment from: BILL, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I took some advice and cut a lime wedge as I didn’t have a lemon. I cut a wedge covered it with sugar bit into it and sucked the sugar out. AND IT WORKED! Comment from: jami, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I seem to get hiccups every day. Sometimes they just start without warning. I've gone quite a while before without getting them. My doctor seems to think it's stress related. Comment from: Old Tbone Picker, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 19 About 2 months ago I underwent endoscopy and colonoscopy. I don't know if there is any connection, but since then, I've had several short periods of hiccups every day. Sometimes they just happen; other times they happen immediately after I eat anything. They are not painful or severe; just annoying. My concern is: Are they a symptom of some disorder? My gastroenterologist told me he stretched my esophagus during the endoscopy. SLIDESHOW The 14 Most Common Causes of Fatigue See Slideshow Published: March 08 I have stumbled upon a cure for hiccups that has had a 100% success rate for me. It really is a variation of drinking a glass of water quickly. I found that I could never drink enough water or drink long enough without getting overwhelmed or have success. I found that it is not the water or the amount it is the act. So I decided to use a water bottle. I found that just by sipping and swallowing continuously for as long as I could the hiccups went away every time. Good Luck. Comment from: ajbarlow, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 19 I'm a 27 yr old female and I've been hiccupping for the past seven years every day off and on all day. Sometimes it's just one other times many. They have made me stop in my tracks and concentrate on breathing due to it hurting. It's a pain dealing with it really. Comment from: kelsay84, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 14 I have had hiccups for three days now. I have been able to get rid of them for up to 30 minutes, but then they come back. Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 01 I have the hiccups every day sometimes one, sometimes a few. Then the just go away. This has been going on about two months. I have the periodically throughout the day for no reason. No eating or drinking they just start. Comment from: Hiccup Man, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 10 I have had hiccups now for 2-days on and off. Every time I cough, laugh, talk loud, or eat. I get them back. I wake up in the night from and with them. I tried holding my breath, drinking water slow and fast, taking antacids, eating raw ginger, and tablespoon of sugar.Nothing works. Comment from: obolton, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 My hiccups are not food or drink related at all. I could be just sitting or laying and BOOM, hiccups. It’s usually a brief episode, but hiccups nonetheless. Deep breaths to expand the diaphragm works for me. Comment from: Jonas, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 24 I have had them all day long with a few breaks. I have tried all the home remedies but as soon as I cough, they come back. Comment from: Felicia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I do not have chronic hiccups I was just wondering why when I start to eat or drink I get one big hiccup that really hurts from my neck to the top portion of my chest. It is so painful that it is difficult to catch my breath at first. Then afterwards my chest hurts for hours...I finally took Tylenol and that helped for a short time. Comment from: Judkah, 45-54 Female Published: February 09 I get hiccups sometimes several times a day. I usually take my breath in as far as I can, plug my nose and inhale one more "inch". Holding the breath through what would have been 1 or 2 hiccups. This almost always works for me, but I plan on trying the tongue pull next time.