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When I worked neuro ICU if a patient had hiccups it wasn't a

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When I worked neuro ICU if a patient had hiccups it wasn't a good thing...reported it to the doc. I am ashamed to say I never asked why (even though I was a terriffic RN).. Now, I am quitting smoking, using nicotine gum, and if I chew too much I get hiccups.
Doesn't seem right...what is happening to my brain? Please tell me what is going on so I can make a decision as to whether or not to continue. Looking it up on the internet, it seems a common occurrance...but still, I wonder. Can't help it...I am an ICU nurse!
Ha! Gotta ask questions! Thanks!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. David
nicotine gum can irritate the phrenic nerve and cause hiccups as the nicotine goes into the stomach and stimulates the phrenic nerve which runs next to the stomach.
you can read more here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine_gum#Side_effects
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