Sawbones: Hiccups


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are hiding a horseshoe to cure your hiccups.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


Blood Chemistry and Hiccups

While in nursing school we had a patient that presented with chronic hiccups and a history of COPD. Her pH was so unbalanced that the docs spent three days going back and forth trying to get her stabilized. First it would swing acidic then back to alkaline before finally leveling out.
Regarding treatment: Taking in a deep enough breath to fill the lower lobes then pinch the nose and close the mouth. Incapacitates the the diaphragm for a moment. Then exhales very slowly allowing the diaphragm to reengage at a controlled rate to stop the spasms.

Different hiccup cure

My mother showed me a hiccup cure that I haven't seen anywhere else. Take a glass of water. light a match and throw the match into the water. Then drink the water. It's always worked for me. I don't know if it's just placebo, or if maybe the sulfur water has some sort of effect on the diaphragm.

Hiccup cure

The "drinking water out of a glass backwards" cure has always been my go-to since my grandmother showed me how to do it as a kid. I've used the cure every time I've ever had hiccups and (no exaggeration) I've never had a single hiccup after doing it.

I always try to get other hiccup-sufferers to try it, but it's a pretty unnatural way to drink, so people (especially drunk people) are really resistant to it. Any time I've gotten someone to try it, though, and finish the whole glass, it has worked.

Anyway, probably different cures work for different people, but that's my two cents. Great episode as always.


How I Deal with Hiccups

I get rid of them this way-I sip some water and hold it. When I feel the spasm start I swallow all the water at once right about the time you would make the hiccough sound. If they are real bad, I may have to do it a second time.

lemon wedge/sugar/angostura bitters

I get embarrassing cases of hiccups, and this is the only thing that works -- a lemon wedge with sugar and angostura bitters sprinkled on top.