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Dr. Hatem Asad
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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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Why do we get hiccups?

Why do we get hiccups?

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. ...Read more

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Why do I get chronic. Hiccups daily?

Why do I get chronic. Hiccups daily?

Temporary : Hiccups are generally temporary but there are treatments for chronic hiccups. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my baby get's hiccups a lot?

Is it normal that my baby get's hiccups a lot?

Yes: Babies normally do seem to hiccup more often than older children do. If the hiccuping is too much, say more than 20 minutes a day for more than 2-3 days a week, the parent should talk to the doctor to see if there is a medical reason for the hiccuping. If a normal baby has a few minutes of hiccuping every couple of days, that is likely normal behavior, and will decrease as the baby gets older. ...Read more

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I get one random hiccup throughout the day why?

Who knows?: It's like getting a random muscle twitch (in your diaphragm) Nothing to worry about unless it bothers you. ...Read more

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I get one random hiccup throughout the day why ?

Diaphragm: This is a mild spasm of the diaphragm of unknown cause where thankfully it only occurs once and not in a series of multiple hiccups in your case. ...Read more

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What does it mean if u still get hiccups at my age 28?

What does it mean if u still get hiccups at my age 28?

?: There is no end date for hiccups. Hiccups are normal bodily functions from trapped gas in the stomach. You can be 90 and get hiccups. Not sure what you're asking. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are hiccups and what happens in your body whem you get them?

Could you tell me what are hiccups and what happens in your body whem you get them?

See details: Hiccups are caused by the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities. Several causes include eating too quickly, too much alcohol, swallowing too much air, smoking and emotional stress among others. ...Read more

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How come i get hiccups so much ? More than i ever had before ? What causes so much hiccups?

Hiccups: The most common triggers for short-term hiccups include: eating too much, drinking carbonated beverages, drinking too much alcohol, sudden temperature changes, excitement or emotional stress. Long-term hiccups can be triggered by: alcoholism, anesthesia, barbiturates, diabetes, electrolyte imbalance, kidney failure, steroids, tranquilizers. ...Read more