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What should I do about nonstop hiccuping 5 days that has prevented sleep?

What should I do about nonstop hiccuping 5 days that has prevented sleep?

Hiccups: Recommend seeing your doctor to determine the cause & provide proper tx. Some medications used are Reglan (anti-nausea drug), Baclofen (muscle relaxant). ...Read more

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Hiccups (Definition)

A hiccup is an unintentional movement (spasm) of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. The spasm is followed by quick closing of the vocal cords, which produces a distinctive sound. Hiccups often start for no apparent reason and usually disappear after a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups can last for days, weeks, or months. Hiccups are common and normal ...Read more


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My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

My son is autistic and he gets hiccups in his sleep they don't wake home up but last about 20 min why?

Sleep apnea?: There is nothing I've heard regarding a connection w/ autism, but hiccups during sleep have been related to the breathing pattern that can occur in sleep apnea. Hiccups are caused by involuntary movements of the diaphragm which might be set off by the disturbed breath rhythms. Perhaps his pediatrician can evaluate this and either treat him for it or refer to a sleep specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My unkles has severe hiccups and he gags but throws up nothing, the hiccups havnt let him sleep and wen he sits up it bothers him?

My unkles has severe hiccups and he gags but throws up nothing, the hiccups havnt let him sleep and wen he sits up it bothers him?

Emergency: Usually when a patient is so panicked that they are yelling their question it means a true emergency is happening. Please get your uncle to medical care urgently. ...Read more

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Are hiccups while sleeping a symptom of something serious?

Are hiccups while sleeping a symptom of something serious?

Many Possibilities : Normally the diaphragm contracts and expands under one's control to aid in filling the lungs with air. Hiccups occur when the one's diaphragm contracts involuntarily. The most common cause of hiccups while sleeping goes undiagnosed. Other conditions that could cause this symptom are sleep apnea, laryngitis, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, alcoholism, and certain medications. Source mayo clinic. ...Read more

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I was sleeping an my wife woke me up an said i been hiccuping fir the past hour an get a drink of water. But i don't have the hiccups lol. Any ideas?

I was sleeping an my wife woke me up an said i been hiccuping fir the past hour an get a drink of water. But i don't have the hiccups lol. Any ideas?

You might be : Suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition where you stop breathing for a few minutes, then gasp for breath when you become hypoxic. This gasp might be what your wife thinks is hiccoughing. Try sleeping on your side, not supine. If that doesn't help, see if your doctor can refer you for a sleep study. ...Read more

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Hubby took Xanax to help him sleep, woke up with constant hiccups, barely walking strt, vomiting a lot. It's been two days now.

Hubby took Xanax to help him sleep, woke up with constant hiccups, barely walking strt, vomiting a lot. It's been two days now.

Go to the ER: The effect of xanax goes away quickly; it is only in you for a few hours. Vomiting and difficulty walking is at least a sign of dehydration, but can also be a sign of more serious things. I would encourage him to be seen by his doctor or go to the er as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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