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Hiccups after chemo

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carolenk
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Does anyone notice that they have "attacks of hiccups" after chemo? I do. I am especially interested in hearing from people with PPC or stage 3-4 OC.

Just wondering if this is common or just me...I can't find any information on the Internet about the phenomenon.

thanks,

Carolen

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carolenk
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Thank you, Nancy! I'll check it out.

Carolen

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anicca
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I did not have chemo induced hiccups, but I've been curing my "regular" hiccups for many years with something I discovered by accident. I don't know if it will work for chemo hiccups, but since other home remedies do, this might also.

You need to have a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed for at least 10 minutes (it might take less time.) Close your eyes and focus on your chest as you breath. After a while, you will begin to feel each hiccup coming before it happens. Just pay attention to that sensation until you have hiccuped 4 or 5 times. Now focus even more on your chest movements and keep them steady, so as to suppress the next hiccup. If it works, keep consciously suppressing until you no longer feel the hiccups "forming." If it doesn't work, try again, etc.

If you try this, I would really like to know if it worked or not. Hope you do get relief from something.

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carolenk
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Thanks Ann, I will try it.

Carolen

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pattysoo
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This didn't happen to me, but it makes sense that it would. There's a connection between the omentum (which was probably removed in surgery) and the diaphram. Anyway, whenever my elementary students had the hiccups I'd give them a small piece of candy to suck on...those valentine candy heart things? I've used a spoonful of honey for myself. Works every time. It's got to do with sugar triggering a release of endorphins which then causes muscles to relax. Or it could be all a bunch of hooey, but it does work with kids.

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carolenk
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I found info on this link that confirms what I had suspected re: hiccups are associated with tumors on the diaphragm.

I wasn't looking for a remedy for hiccups, just interested to know if they had any significance. Thanks for the remedies anyway.

Apparently, hiccups are also associated with cisplatin therapy, found to have greater prevalance in men, and have an inverse relationship with nausea and vomiting (more hiccups = less nausea/vomiting and vice versa).

There seems to be a connection with dexamethasone use as a premed with chemo but I don't take that since I stopped using Taxol.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12011230?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Have a great evening!

Carolen

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Tina Brown
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I have noticed that you are interested in hearing from anyone with PPC, well I have PPC stage 4. I don't get hiccups though. I was diagnosed Nov 2009 and I am on my second round of chemo.

Do you have PPC? If so it would be good to share stories.

Tina xx

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carolenk
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Tina

I am going to start a new thread to answer you--as usual, I have a lot to say. ; )

Carolen

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