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Speak Up: How Do You Cure Hiccups?

Hiccups are no fun; they're annoying, loud, and they hurt your belly. Bouts of them usually last for just a few minutes, but that's not the case for Chris Sands – he's been suffering from hiccups for 15 years. Sands has tried various cures such as hypnosis and yoga, as well as 100 different variations of drinking water, but nothing has cured his problem. He has them as often as every two seconds, and they disrupt his sleep. Even brain and chest scans haven't helped determine the causes of his decade-and-half hiccup attack. His personal theory is that acid reflux condition has damaged the valve in his stomach and Sands hopes surgery can help.

Maybe he hasn't tried everything, though. I'm sure many of you have unique ways to cure hiccups, so please share them in the comment section below.


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jlr32phl jlr32phl 9 years
i'm a firm believer in the hold your breath while drinking something. this always works for me, but it's a problem when you have nothing around to drink...
emilita emilita 9 years
drink water upside down and then slowly let your breath out - it works!
mrssaleem mrssaleem 9 years
I'm another one who drinks water upside down. Works every single time.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Drink a cup of water while trying to burp. If you can burp drink another sip right away and that usually helps me.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i put a butterknife in a large glass of water, and drink the whole thing while balancing the handle-end of the knife against my forehead. it works every time.
Kadiya Kadiya 9 years
A teaspoon of vinegar. Works every time.
kia kia 9 years
I also hold my breath and after a few attempts they are over. I can't imagine having them for a prolonged period of time.
ChicaCity ChicaCity 9 years
I can't imagine having hiccups for that long! Sometimes if I go to bed with hiccups I get them again in the morning - so weird!
sarahm73 sarahm73 9 years
A slice of lemon with bitters! I'm a bartender and have used this with great sucess with my customers. Just douse the lemon in bitters and suck on it. It doesn't taste bad either and works like a charm!
mariposalu mariposalu 9 years
a spoon full of sugar!! I have tried it on at least 20 people, and each time, the hiccups are cured instantly!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
Stand on your always works for me, however i'm not always in the most appropriate place to be doing a head-stand when i get hiccups (i.e. at work, out shopping, etc.)
lindholmka lindholmka 9 years
P.S. The girl in the pictures hand does not look proportional to her face/body! hahaha they look like giant hands! :-)
lindholmka lindholmka 9 years
I've heard drinking water upside down works! I get the hic ups a lot but they usually go away right away, thanks god!! I usually try and stretch my diaphragm out and hold my breath. Sometimes I drink loads of water but sometimes that makes em' worse...or i feel like puking! hahaha
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Poor man, that is horrible and to have it for 15yrs! I hope doctors can figure something out for him. I don't really do anything to "cure" hiccups; I just focus on something else, deep breathe and let it run it's course. Only lasts maybe 5-10 minutes. Nothing major.
emalove emalove 9 years
I very rarely get hiccups, but when I do, I put a napkin over the top of a glass of water and then drink the water THROUGH the napkin. It ALWAYS works!! And I don't even have to drink the whole glass of water, just a few sips is usually enough to cure them.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I get a humongous glass of water and drink the whole thing about as quickly as possible. It always works, but you have to drink a HUGE glass of water to make sure you are swallowing long enough to make your diaphragm stop spazzing.
lylpookie lylpookie 9 years
I'm going to second the spoonful of sugar I've done it and it works every time!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
For me it's not ignoring the hiccups or doing something else to take my mind off them. It's actually concentrating solely on the hiccups and my breathing. Because as one poster said, it's a muscle spasm and you just have to get your the diaphram back in sync
jessie jessie 9 years
if i ignore them they go dh will start asking me off the wall questions..and i've really got to think of the answers...for example..the last time i rode a pony? or the last time i had a orange soda? or the last time i saw a clown? silly, stupid questions, before i know it, they're gone.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
drink from a glass of water that someone else is holding - always works for me. also - that girl in the picture is a friend of mine!!
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 9 years
Pinch both your earlobes and take slow, steady breaths.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 9 years
Since your brain is what tells you to hiccup, the idea is to get your mind off of it by drinking water out of the other side of the glass (this requires some concentration), and taking a sip of vinegar shocks your taste buds and gets your mind off of them too. one trick that i've perfected is to just wait for the next hiccup, and it never comes!
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
For me the drinking water upside down trick works, but it has to be quite a tall glass of water ;-) My boyfriend is always making fun of me when I hiccup...he says that I always look adorably surprised and indignant after each of them.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow he must be in pain!
laura6567 laura6567 9 years
They use this at UCLA Medical Centers Gag yourself. Literally stick your finger (or a tongue depressor) down your throat until you're gagging, but stop before you vomit. This resets the vagus nerve (spasming of the vagus nerve is what causes hiccups in the first place). This actually works--I've seen it several times, and have used it on myself. Heard it from my sister, a doctor who trained at UCLA, where she heard this trick.
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