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post Jun 19 2004, 08:31 AM
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I've had the WORST case of hiccups lately... it makes work really interesting... I'm talking to someone, and then all of a sudden, there's this random pause, and then I keep talking.

So, what's your tried and true method to cure them? What causes them?


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post Jun 19 2004, 08:44 AM
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I seem to remember reading that they're throat spasms. Not sure why one's throat should spasm, or what can be done to avoid such incidences of spasming, however.

My remedy was always to drink a cup of water from the other side of the cup - that is, from the side of the rim furthest away from me. I have no idea why this works, but it does.


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post Jun 19 2004, 09:22 AM
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it a diaphram spasm... the major muscle that makes you breath..


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post Jun 19 2004, 11:37 AM
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Yeah, it's the diaphram muscle that causes hiccups. One way, like commie said, is drinking water, slowly. Another way is to breathe into a paper bag for a while, which is supposed to work, or anything that will help to take deep, steady breaths. You can actually stop them just by concentrating. If you take deep, steady breaths, and picture you diaphram expanding and contracting, then you can get them to stop like that.


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post Jun 19 2004, 08:04 PM
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QUOTE (Greeneyes @ Jun 19 2004, 04:37 AM)
anything that will help to take deep, steady breaths. You can actually stop them just by concentrating. If you take deep, steady breaths, and picture you diaphram expanding and contracting, then you can get them to stop like that.

That's one thing I do if I don't have my other remedies available, but the deep, steady breathing doesn't always work for my hiccups.

Up until I was about 17 or 18, I used to get the hiccups regularly about 5 times a day (minimum), so I can tell you I've tried just about every weird method out there. What's become most consistent and most effective for me is eating a few spoonfuls of sugar, or taking a spoonful or two of lemon juice (that one REALLY works for me). And I don't mean lemonade or lemon soda, I'm talking about the stuff you use for cooking.

Other methods I've tried: drinking a small cup of salt water (that was so nasty that I couldn't even get it past my lips -- I hate salt), drinking a spoonful of vinegar (also very disgusting, so much so that I almost hate to say that it works), holding your breath (doesn't work), drinking a glass of soda/pop or water without taking a breath (sometimes works).

I've also tried some of the stranger methods such as jumping up and down while plugging my ears and holding my breath. blink.gif wacko.gif


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post Jun 19 2004, 08:53 PM
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I find it's usually easier to cure them if you can catch them early. If they've just started, I can get rid of them simply by taking a couple of sips of water and holding my breath. But if they've been going strong for a while, I lose all control. They're damn annoying, aren't they?


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post Jun 20 2004, 12:33 AM
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My remedy was always to drink a cup of water from the other side of the cup - that is, from the side of the rim furthest away from me. I have no idea why this works, but it does.


It's because you're concentrating so hard on not spilling the water that you kinda' regulate your breathing which sorts the diaphram out and stops the hiccups.

Is true...

But now I've told you that - I can guarentee that you will never be able to cure hiccups that way again. Because now you know the secret. Try it next time and find out. biggrin.gif


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post Jun 20 2004, 08:52 AM
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QUOTE (Snugglebum the Destroyer @ Jun 20 2004, 01:33 AM)
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My remedy was always to drink a cup of water from the other side of the cup - that is, from the side of the rim furthest away from me. I have no idea why this works, but it does.


It's because you're concentrating so hard on not spilling the water that you kinda' regulate your breathing which sorts the diaphram out and stops the hiccups.

Is true...

But I never try not to spill the water, I do it over a sink and get water everywhere...


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every time right befor you hiccup, say hiccup. they will stop.


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post Jun 20 2004, 11:48 AM
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I've always gone with the minimalist approach of simply denying that I have hiccups. I pay them no attention, take deep, slow breaths, and eventually they get bored and go and bother someone else.

Won't work for everyone, but it works for me.


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post Jun 20 2004, 05:47 PM
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I actually hold my breath for a little bit, like 15 seconds or so. It works pretty well.


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post Jun 20 2004, 09:22 PM
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But I never try not to spill the water, I do it over a sink and get water everywhere


Well that buggers my idea up then. smile.gif


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post Jun 21 2004, 12:38 AM
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Wandering up to someone who hiccups and suddenly demanding they give you their hiccups will sometimes cure the person. Might be the shocked intake of breath resets the breathing.

I find time and steady breathing works for me. If B. doesn't sneak up and suddenly demand them from me. laugh.gif
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post Jun 21 2004, 12:56 AM
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One of my old teachers used to know a pressure point for curing hiccups that never failed. However all I know about it is that she applied pressure somewhere near or on your wrist for a few seconds using her thumb.


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post Jun 21 2004, 04:33 AM
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Try humming "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" without breathing, that tends to work, but we all know the best way to cure anything is to give me five bucks.
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post Jun 21 2004, 06:35 AM
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my friend tamee says drinking for 60 seconds straight works..

i havent had hiccups in forever(jynx jynx...)

so i havent tried anything..

but i heard taking a spoon and touching that little dangly thinggy in the back of your throat gets rid of them..

anything to direct attention away from your diaphram


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post Jun 21 2004, 04:25 PM
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Breathe in a paper bag........ I read somewhere that that's a way scientists found to stop hiccups..... It works well happy.gif


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post Jun 22 2004, 10:32 PM
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My mom tought me this one:

Roll down a grassy hill on your side. Every time your face hits the ground, take a bite of grass. Do this until you reach the bottom. (I don't understand how this works, by the way. And I don't think you can spit it out if your mouth gets full.)


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