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hiccups for 7 years, can't work and lost 32 #

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I have a friend who has had hiccups for 7 years after having two wisdom teeth removed under general. He stops when he sleeps, but within short time he starts again. He was a college prof. can\'t work and has lost 32#. The doctors have tried about 8 different meds. He has had cat-scan mri and so on. He did have shingles during this period and the anti viral seemed to stop the hiccups. It was Achlovar (I am misspelling it) We are very worried. Any suggestions?

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replied October 31st, 2016
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A59282
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Chronic hiccups should be followed up, phrenic nerve irritation , acid reflux problems , neurological causes all need to be sorted out . Supportive therapies, breath holding, prayers, sedatives, prokinetics , are some of the basic options for hiccups.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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