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Nitrozac

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Icon 10 posted May 08, 2003 21:26      Profile for Nitrozac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When I was a really small child my mom had a fabric store, and one of her friends came in and they chatted, and I remember this because this lady told my mom what the cure for hiccups was. I was like, "oh, I've got to remember this, make a note!" and to this day, I've used this cure and it works every single time, ever since I was about 7! I had the hiccups tonight, and it worked as it always does.

Here it is:
The Cure for Hiccups:
Take a sip of water, then a big breath, and do this eight times, no more, no less, eight times. When you're finished your eighth sip and big breath, your hiccups will be gone.

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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2003 21:38      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A teaspoon of white sugar also works. Have no idea how or why, but it does, and quickly. An old EMT taught me that trick one night when I couldn't stop hiccuping (it would be quite embarassing for us to show up on a call with me in my cups).

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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2003 21:50      Profile for Jessycat     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My Mom taught me this one, and it has never (*knocks wood*) failed me:

Fill a glass with water. Put a table knife in the glass, blade side down. Drink the entire glass of water while holding the handle of the knife against your temple. (It's ok to breathe while you're drinking.) Hiccups should be gone when the water is.

Not sure why this works better than just drinking a glass of water... maybe it takes more concentration? But I won't question it!!! [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted May 09, 2003 08:51      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I like drinking from the wrong side of the glass. [Razz]

Nothing to do with hiccups, just thought you'd be interested.

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Rednivek

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
A teaspoon of white sugar also works. Have no idea how or why, but it does, and quickly. An old EMT taught me that trick one night when I couldn't stop hiccuping (it would be quite embarassing for us to show up on a call with me in my cups).

White sugar is the cure!

However, wouldn't it be more embarrassing for you to show up on call with you not in your cups?

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Glad I'm not the only one with a dirty mind there ;-)

Does anyone find the breath-holding trick actually works? Assuming I am even holding my breath properly (one of those things no-one actually explains how to do) - I just hiccup right through doing so.

I tend to just go for water. Wrt white sugar - does demerara sugar count? I am not sure that we have any white sugar handy at home - well, there will be some little packets somewhere or other - I never have any use for sugar granules (except when it comes to giving it to exhausted bumble bees).

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Icon 1 posted May 09, 2003 17:19      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Rednivek:
However, wouldn't it be more embarrassing for you to show up on call with you not in your cups?

/me thinks for a moment

ROTFLMAO!!!

uilleann, I don't get the hiccups that often, so I haven't really had the occasion to experiment with other types of sugar.

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It doesn't seem to work for anyone else, but I've always found that taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly while concentrating on relaxing and not allowing any muscles to spasm works for me.

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Icon 10 posted May 12, 2003 16:51      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I usually use lemon juice or or sugar. Whatever is handy.

I was once told it is caused by an electrolyte imbalance. Could be bunk, but whatever [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted May 12, 2003 17:00      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hiccups happen when your diaphragm spasms, so electrolytes may very well have something to do with it.

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Just concentrating is all it takes to rid them from me.. Makes rather sense to me, considering the amount of time I spend concentrating on ignoring pain, I've gotten good at controling certain things about my body (for example, I can calm my heart rate fairly quickly and easily (I can't usually lower it more than 70ish beats a minute, though I can lower it from 130 beats (after work out) to 70-80 beats in just a few secconds....))

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Concentration is probably why this first cure works. Do long division or multiply together two large numbers in your head. While you're concentrating hard on something else, your diaphragm stops spasming and your breathing goes back to normal.

The other hiccup cure I use is pinching my earlobe. I don't remember where I first heard of it; I think it's based on ancient Chinese pressure points or something. Anyway, it does work and is especially useful if you don't have sugar or water handy.

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So many great cures! I can't wait to try them! (I'll probably never get the hiccups now...)

Hey wouldn't that be cool? Nitro could rename this thread "My Gift to You, Hiccup Prevention." [Big Grin]

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Actually, I use a hand trick, which involves slowly pulling your pinky out until it stretches (okay hurts).

What happens is that your diaphragm is spasming, and the concentration on your finger gets your breathing to slow down to a regular pace, thereby stopping said hiccups.

However it never works on WinterSolstice. His hands are so limber I can nearly rip off his pinky, then he's mad with the hiccups. As for lemon and sugar, I haven't seen him do that recently, though I have heard that lemon-water works for hiccups caused by messed up pH levels. The sugar thing, perhaps the concentration or the act of swallowing tries to reboot the abdomen.

It's all Old Wives' Tales anyway. They go away when they go away. It's like finding your keys in the last place you look -- of course it's the last place you look! Why would you go looking for your keys more once you've found them?

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Rednivek

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No, a spoonful of sugar works instantly for me every time.

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Then there's Russell "Hick" Harrison who has been hiccupping for 64 straight years. [Eek!] He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, and if you can cure him, you get $500. This site has the story (it's the 13th item down). It shows a lot of interesting things in Lynchburg, such as the man who keeps a rhino with his cows, a living headless cat, a toilet paper roll autographed by Elvis Presley, the world's only "Church of Star Trek" and the Pinehearst Mulleted Naturist Retreat.
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I had them all day today, and odd enough, running arround the house worked [Smile]
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