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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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Customer: My name is ***** *****. I had abdominal surgery to remove my rectum on 12/29. I have had hiccups since the following day and it is affecting my ability to get rest.
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Customer: Pre cancer cells on the surface of the rectum. Surgeon went through the abdomen to remove the rectum and added a stoma that will be reversed in three to four months.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.


I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

You may seek a prescription of alprazolam or clonazepam; which acts as muscle relaxants and help in resolving the hiccups. You can also try Peptobismol and Prilosec, now, which are over the counter. Following can be tried at home;

1) Stimulation of the throat by a small tube or catheter

2) Stimulation of the uvula by a spoon

3) Valsalva

4) Tapping or rubbing back of the neck

5) Forcible traction on the tongue,

6) Swallowing granulated sugar,

7) Gargling with water,

8) Sipping ice water,

9) Biting on a lemon

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

It is privilege assisting you.

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Wishing you all the very best in life.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

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