Hiccups/ burping

Posted by mop @mop, Jun 17 10:31pm

Prolonged episodes of hiccups/ large burps – less than a minute apart- only end of episode is by taking Tylenol

Hi @mop and welcome to the Caregivers group on Mayo Clinic Connect. I assume the person you are caring for is experiencing prolonged episodes of hiccups and burping. That must be very uncomfortable for them and worrisome for you. There are several things that can cause hiccups like some conditions, disorders or drugs.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hiccups/symptoms-causes/syc-20352613

Can you tell us a bit more about the person you're caring for? What condition does he or she have? Are they in treatment or on medication?

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She is healthy very fit 20 year old. Had seizure disorder from age of 3- 10. Some gastro issues – primarily constipation over the years.
Only on birth control. No other medications.

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@mop

She is healthy very fit 20 year old. Had seizure disorder from age of 3- 10. Some gastro issues – primarily constipation over the years.
Only on birth control. No other medications.

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@mop, I think you might find this article helpful for your getting to the bottom of your daughter's (?) hiccups.
– Hiccups, dyspepsia and reflux https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/professionals/palliative-care-knowledge-zone/symptom-control/hiccups-dyspepsia-and-reflux

You mention that she has some gastro issues. Might that include GERD or gastro reflux? How long does an episode typically last? How long has this been going on? Has she talked to her doctor about it?

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Hi @mop I, too, have hiccups almost daily. Mine started when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. They come every evening. I know what a real problem it must be for your daughter. Have you mentioned this to her doctor? Does the doctor think it might be related to her seizure disorder?

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The doctors seem put off by the topic and tell her to watch what she eats —- drink ginger ale ect..
They blame it on Stress and diet. However there is more to it because Tylenol controls it in the short term and quickly but theN it returns. So embarrassing because it’s a cross between hiccup and burp —-long and embarrassing.
Any suggestions are welcomed.
What helps for you ??

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@mop

The doctors seem put off by the topic and tell her to watch what she eats —- drink ginger ale ect..
They blame it on Stress and diet. However there is more to it because Tylenol controls it in the short term and quickly but theN it returns. So embarrassing because it’s a cross between hiccup and burp —-long and embarrassing.
Any suggestions are welcomed.
What helps for you ??

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@mop. Have you found any answers to your questions about hiccups? You mentioned that the doctor said “to watch what she eats—drink ginger ale, etc”. I was told yesterday to avoid carbonated drinks, they can add to the problem.
Have you looked into a 2nd opinion?

I know your daughter doesn’t have cancer, but you may want to check out this discussion. Members may have some helpful advice!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/have-you-ever-had-hiccups-with-or-after-chemotherapy/?pg=2#comment-341335

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