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The 7 - One Question... - What's your cure for hiccups?
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#1 Posted on 21.7.06 0249.07
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See, when my wife gets hiccups, she lies on her side for 15 seconds (literally) and they go away. When I get them, nothing works. I just end up waiting them out -- which usually takes an hour or so.

So, having just gotten over another annoying bout -- what do YOU do?

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#2 Posted on 21.7.06 0256.57
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hold my breath for 20-30 seconds.
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#3 Posted on 21.7.06 0729.53
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Usually, taking a dry swallow while holding my breath works, after about 2-3 attempts. If not, I get a frosted lager glass and fill it with water. Hold your breath, then start taking small, continuous sips of the water until you feel like you need to breathe out. After you do, continue to drink (i.e., glass never leaves your lips) Breathe out whenever needed, usually about 3-5 breaths to finish the glass. By the time I've finished the glass, the hiccups (hiccoughs?) are usually gone.
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#4 Posted on 21.7.06 0928.12
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My best hiccups story: Mrs. JJD and I go to Portland a lot for family visits, and for a while we were sick of taking I-5 and freeway driving it back and forth, so we'd take a back way involving taking route 7 from about Spanaway to Morton. Route 7 is in the low foothills of Mount Rainier, and at night there is NOTHING out there except the forest, so it's basically a "please don't EVER let the car breakdown HERE"-kind of place.

One night on the way back Mrs. JJD got a case of hiccups that wouldn't quit, and I thought of the old theory that if you scare a person it cures them, so I chuckled to myself, waited through a few seconds of silence, then let out of the blue scared the CRAP out of her (it's hard to verbalize what exactly I did, but I just kind of turned to her and leaned in real fast and when "BAH" kind of scarylike). Anyway, she screamed and then she was like "WHATTHEHELLDIDYOUDOTHATFOR?!?!"

About twenty seconds later I asked her if she still had the hiccups.

About twenty MORE (hiccup-free) seconds later she answered.

"No. I hate you."
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#5 Posted on 21.7.06 0936.41
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I drink from the opposite side (far side?) of a cup. Do it over a sink or outside because you will spill. Also, it's likely to cause water (or whatever your beverage of choice happens to be) to come out your nose. Even if it doesn't work, it's worth it just to see other people's reactions to what you're doing.

But, if I'm at work, I basically follow the cure laid out by StegDutchie.

(edited by Corajudo on 21.7.06 0937)
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#6 Posted on 21.7.06 0958.04
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have someone hold my ears while I drink water.

In 37 years of my life it has only failed once.
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#7 Posted on 21.7.06 1020.53
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I learned a good solution in bartending class: put some sugar on a lemon slice, and eat. It has never failed to work for me, and I've used it on customers while tending bar. Of course, if I don't have sugar and/or a lemon nearby, I just hold my breath.

My mom swears by the scaring method.
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#8 Posted on 21.7.06 1109.10
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Unless they're just really big hiccups (the ones that it literally hurts everytime it happens), I just usually let them come and go until they pass...but I also use the holding breath/drinking water methods.
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#9 Posted on 21.7.06 1504.02
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Chugging a glass of really cold water always works for me.
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#10 Posted on 21.7.06 1958.24
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Not sure if it really works, but I've tried drinking a glass of water sipping from the far side of the glass. Usually, it's just a matter of waiting for them to pass.
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#11 Posted on 22.7.06 0155.23
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A really, realy good laugh works wonders to get rid of them for me. That, or drinking something hot.
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#12 Posted on 22.7.06 0224.41
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1) Fill a rocks glass halfway with lime bar mix
2) Drink
3) Enjoy your hiccup-free evening
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#13 Posted on 22.7.06 0756.12
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I don't do the sugar-lemon bit, but I do ascribe to the theory that a spoonful of sugar usually will stop hiccups. Well it works for me anyways.
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#14 Posted on 23.7.06 0950.49
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1. Fill a glass with a sugary drink (I usually do cranberry juice)
2. Drink
3. Belch
4. Enjoy being hiccup-free
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#15 Posted on 23.7.06 1343.38
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My mom used to look me straight in the eye and tell me, "If you can hiccup for me right now, I will give you five dollars." And by God, I never could. It ALWAYS worked on my hiccups.

For a less psychological approach, I ususally hold my breath for a little while and then exhale in one long breath until I can't exhale anymore. Almost always works. It won't work if I hiccup while I'm holding my breath though. That sort of resets everything.
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#16 Posted on 28.7.06 0459.52
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The trick is to get your diaphram to stop spasming, since that's what is causing them. So if you are doing the holding your breath thing you need to pull the air in deep to push against your diaphram. Drinking water from the far side of the glass, lemon and sugar, spoonful of sugar with no water, plain water, etc are to facilitate a strong swallowing motion.
Scaring or laughing generally make you take in a large quick breath of air or series of them.

My favorite as a kid was the spoonful of sugar (I mean how often do you get told to eat sugar).

The one that generally works for me now is to take a very deep breath focusing on inflating my diaphram, exhaling and then swallowing dry three times.

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#17 Posted on 28.7.06 1111.58
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I'm the only person I know who doesn't have trouble getting rid of hiccups. As Lise said, if you concentrate on slowing down your breathing (relaxing is key) and dry-swallowing a couple of times, you should find they go away.

Mind, I've been telling my wife this for years and she can't get the hang of it.

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#18 Posted on 28.7.06 1221.11
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I have told my wife repeatedly that sex cures the hiccups, but alas, she chooses the holding her breahth cure.
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