Everyone knows what hiccups are, and most of us have experienced it once and for all. The hiccup consists of a series of inadvertent contractions of the diaphragm that cause the vocal folds to close with that characteristic and funny sound that we are all sure to recognize. However, chronic hiccups are not very funny.
Chronic hiccups is a rare disease. It is estimated that for every 100,000 people, there is only one case where these compulsive contractions of the diaphragm recur for more than 48 hours.
Chronic hiccups can also be a sign of illness. For this reason, it is difficult to treat, because in order to remove sweat, it is necessary to treat the underlying cause that causes chronic sweat. In this article, we will tell you a little more about this tedious and rather bizarre effort.
What are the causes of chronic sweating?
Chronic hiccups are the kind of hiccups that can last for days or even weeks. Chronic hiccups also include alternating periods in which the patient does not suffer from it at all. However, most patients suffer from it several times during the same month.
This pathology is usually the result of another disease located in the digestive tract and in many cases in the esophagus and stomach; it is the two organs that are most in contact with the diaphragm. Esophagitis caused by gastroesophageal reflux, in particular reflux disease, is mentioned as one of the most common causes of chronic hiccups.
Reflux oesophagitis is a disease in which the esophagus is inflamed because the acidic contents of the stomach rise back up and weaken its walls. Gastroesophageal reflux depends on many different factors such as diet, smoking and hot infusions.
Although many different causes of chronic hiccups can be found, men suffer more from it than women. Long-term stress and anxiety in particular appear to be one of the major triggers of chronic sweating.
What other reasons are there?
Since chronic hiccups consist of unintentional contractions of the diaphragm, it must be borne in mind that all the nerve damage that affects this muscle can cause this annoying discomfort. First, nerve damage can be caused, for example, by an injury to the brain in the area that triggers the reflex.
The most common unintentional diseases that damage motor neurons are meningitis and multiple sclerosis, or MS. It has also been seen that chronic hiccups can be a symptom of a brain tumor or the result of a cerebral hemorrhage that affects a patient with many sequelae.
Disorders that lead to impulses in the diaphragm can also be triggers of chronic sweat. The so-called Frenian nerves are connected to the central nervous system by the abdominal muscles. Part of their pathway passes through the neck and thorax, so pathologies in this area should be ruled out to determine the cause of chronic sweating.
Finally, it is important to note that chronic hiccups can be a side effect of some medications. In fact, it occurs in some cases after anesthesia or surgery. Chronic sweating has also been observed in people who use too much alcohol or sedatives.
Can chronic hiccups be treated?
As mentioned earlier, the treatment of this pathology is based on the solution of the cause that caused it. In other words, if chronic hiccups are caused by gastroesophageal reflux, the most important thing is to treat this particular disease, for which antacids that normally regulate gastric acid pH are used.
However, beneficial effects have also been found with some drugs that can be used as such to treat chronic sweat. For example, chlorpromazine and metoclopramide are drugs that can help the ailment indirectly. The first drug is usually used as an antipsychotic and the second for nausea.
In the event that none of the medications work, there are some surgical techniques to remove chronic sweat. These surgeries are based on blocking the Frenian nerves to stop the nerve impulse that narrows the diaphragm.
Bigger problem than regular hiccups
We must remember that chronic hiccups can even be a crippling symptom for many who suffer from it. It affects all aspects of a patient’s life and can make things as simple as falling asleep completely impossible. For this reason, it is important to seek psychological help during the treatment of chronic sweat.
Chronic sweat is not about classic and short-lived sweat, which disappears just as surprisingly as it has appeared. People with chronic hiccups spend whole days with symptoms and therefore have to adjust their daily rhythm and life around this discomfort. It is therefore essential that this problem is addressed in good time and that various ways are actively sought to treat it.