Frequent hiccups

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


It refers to frequent repeated spasms of the diaphragm paired with a ‘hic’ sound from the vocal cords closing.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Blurring of vision

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Dysphagia

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Involuntary movements

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Visual field defect

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Slurred speech

  • Seizure attack

  • Head injury

Possible Causes

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

    Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong autoimmune condition, wherein immune system mistakenly attacks protective layer surrounding nerve fibres of the brain and spinal cord. As a result, nerve signaling is impaired causing disabilities. It can affect anyone, but more common in women and those in their 20s and 30s.

Related Serious Diseases

  • Cerebral infarction

    Cerebral infarct is a type of stroke that occurs due to a reduced blood supply and oxygen delivery to the brain. This results in the death of brain cells and brain damage. It is usually caused by a blood clot or fatty/ cholesterol plaques blocking a blood vessel to the brain.

  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have hiccups that are frequent or do not stop?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

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