• Crystal Crystal
    September 10, 2009
    How do I get rid of acid reflux hiccups?
    Crystal Crystal
    September 10, 2009

    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!

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  • Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    September 11, 2009
    Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    September 11, 2009

    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

     

    • Crystal
      September 19, 2009
      Crystal
      September 19, 2009

      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.

      Much appreciation,

      Crystal

       

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    • Jan Gambino
      September 20, 2009
      Jan Gambino
      Health Guide
      September 20, 2009

      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

      Eat slowly

      Take small bites

      Chew well.

      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

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    • Crystal
      September 20, 2009
      Crystal
      September 20, 2009

      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

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