I am a 15-year-old who has intractable hiccups. I have acid reflux and was diagnosed with it and prescribed medicine for it about a year ago. I get heartburn a lot. My assumption is that acid reflux is the cause. Can someone please give me some helpful advice as of to why I am getting these incessant hiccups and what I can do to get rid of them? Thank you much!
You're right that hiccups can be a symptom of acid reflux. If I were you I'd start with the gastroenterologist and make sure you are on the best treatment including medication for the acid reflux, then I'd ask for a referral to a Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor or a voice specialist (speech language pathologist) in order to get relief from your random hiccuping.
In the meantime, sucking on peppermints has been known to help people, since it encourages belching and relaxes the esophageal sphincter. That, along with other common hiccup treatments, may help you control your condition until you're able to see a doctor.
Here are some other articles you may find helpful:
5 Drinks to Avoid with Acid Reflux
Heartburn Trigger Foods
7 Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Thank you Jan! I appreciate the ideas. I'm going through a rather frustrating time right now because I'm also trying to move forward with singing and music, but it's not going to advance much while these hiccups are taking place. I don't think my parents can afford all the specialists though right now, so I'm still rather puzzled. I hope I can find someone nearby that isn't going to cost my parents a fortune! Thanks again for taking the time to read and respond.
Hello Crystal, Here are some home remedies to try:
avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)
avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull
Avoid carbonated drinks such as soda
Take small bites
Avoid eating on the run or when you are stressed.
It might not take away the burping but I hope that it will slow it down quite a bit.
Jan, Thank you for taking the time to read my question and respond. I will be trying your methods as well as attempting to get my parents to take me to a specialist eventually. I'll give feedback as well! Thanks again, Crystal