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manage post surgery hiccups

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manage post surgery hiccups
What type of surgery did you have?

Are you still in the hospital?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Hernea surgery, bellybutton, don't as out patent tuesday Dec 18th. They started yesterday and can last about an hour. They aren't "normal" hiccs - one to or three together about every 5 seconds The surgery went well-no problems but these hiccups are wearing me down.

Well, hiccups are occasionally seen after surgical procedures, and while no one knows the exact cause of it, since you did have hernia surgery, some feel that some irritation of the diaphragm (the muscle which controls breathing) can be the cause for this.

In most cases they do improve with time.

There, unfortunately, is no guaranteed medical therapy for hiccups. Often times the "home remedies" are what work - breathing into a bag, drinking cold water, etc.

Occasionally, we will try medications, such as thorazine, chlorpromazine, baclofen, to try and "relax" the muscle to get rid of the hiccups. But often times, they will have to go away on their own. Given that your hiccups are interfering with your daily activities, it might be worth contacting your doctor if you wish to try a medical therapy (which at best is a so-so therapy).
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