- CASE FILE
Chronic hiccupsI have 10-40 episodes of hiccups almost every day.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have been having chronic hiccups daily for 13 years. The severity and frequency is not consistent. When it is bad I can have nights where I get little or no sleep. When I have a bad day there are times when it is hard to talk. This condition has a major impact on my quality of life. I carry ice water with me everywhere I go. When I feel hiccups coming on sometimes ice cold water in sips helps to keep them away. I have other things I do to get relief but there are times, including when sleeping, the relief is only 10-15 minutes.
I have tried three different medications including Baclofen. Baclofen worked great for about a year but no longer helps. I tried acupuncture twice, no help. Recently I have a phrenic nerve block to no avail. Next month I am getting a Botox shot into my diaphragm and am hoping it will help. I found that it helped three tough cases when doing research but have yet to find anyone in the US that has tried it. I even called the manufacturer and they were no help. I am having it done at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.