What causes frequent and persistent hiccups?

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Posted on Tue, 7 Oct 2014 in Elderly Problems
Question: what causes hic cups that wont stop for days
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Answered by Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Vagus or phrenic nerve irritation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Cleve,
Thanks for asking.
I am Dr. Prakash HM and I will be answering your query.

Hiccups that last for days are usually due to
1. Vagus or phrenic nerve irritation due to sore throat or goiter or gastroesophageal reflux. The nerve also supply the stomach, so any irritation or compression of nerves, are bound to give hiccups.
2. Medications also can cause side-effects presenting with hiccups.

At present I am not sure, your hiccups is present or not. You have mentioned that they do go away.


Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
Dr. Prakash HM
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

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