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why do we get hiccups?

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Dr. Sunnie Skiles
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Hiccups!: Hiccups are caused from the frenic nerve that exits from the spinal column in the neck and travels down to the diaphragm along side of the esophagus. This makes this nerve the longest exposed nerve inside our body. As we eat or drink this nerve gets "bumped" by the esophagus causing it to stimulate the diaphragm to contract. It is common in babies; the nerve is still developing. More sensitive.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Why do I get hiccups so often when I drink?

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Dr. Hatem Asad
Pulmonology 34 years experience
Hicupps: Hicupps, are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm, which results from irritation of the nerve that controls that muscle function.This nerve runs close to the esophagus(food pipe), you propably get the hiccups when you drink cold liquids, at a fast pace.Another cause can be seen in people who has gastric reflux, or hiatal hernia.
A 28-year-old female asked:

Why do I get hiccups all the time? I get hiccups all the time and i don't really drink pop which i heard is the common reasons for hiccuping.

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
The : The most common reasons for short-term hiccups are: - eating too much - drinking carbonated drinks such as soda - drinking too much alcohol - anxiety and stress - sudden temperature changes a few remedies you can try are breathing into a paper bag, sipping or gargling ice water, and holding your breath. If your hiccups are lasting more than 48 hours (which is fairly uncommon) you should see a doctor because they could be caused by: - damage to the phrenic or vagus nerves (the nerves that control the diaphragm and control hiccups) - central nervous system disorder such as stroke, meningitis, or traumatic brain injury - drugs or metabolic disorders such as barbituates, diabetes, or kidney failure.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do drunk people get hiccups?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possible reasons: Drinking too much alcohol or carbonated beverages may both trigger hiccups.
Canada
A male asked:

Why do I get a single hiccup?

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Dr. Jyothishree Pinnaka
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Disphragm: Irritation of diaphragm from any cause.
CA
A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Hiccups?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Hiccups include:: Metabolic problems, Anesthesia, Central nervous system diseases, Abdominal surgery, Spicy foods, Alcoholism, Diabetes, Kidney failure, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Sore throat, Laryngitis, Stress, Overeating.

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