What causes hiccups?
Hiccups, which occur when the diaphragm and respiratory organs encounter an abrupt, involuntary spasm, happen to almost everyone on occasion. “Anything that causes your stomach to become distended can cause hiccups,” says gastroenterologist Timothy Pfanner, MD, now-retired assistant professor of internal medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in College Station, Texas. Usually, a bout of hiccups lasts for a brief period and then goes away on its own. However, Dr. Pfanner says that when hiccups are longer lasting or out of the ordinary from what you typically experience, more serious health issues might be at hand.
You have acid reflux disease
Telltale signs of acid reflux disease include heartburn, the regurgitation of a bitter-tasting acid, and nausea. Interestingly, hiccups that don’t let up are also a symptom of GERD, short for gastroesophageal reflux disease. If they persist, check with your doctor to see if you have acid reflux disease, which can be disruptive to your lifestyle and of course, your stomach and esophageal health.