That Stupid Vagus Nerve

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“Hoes is irritating like the hiccups, excuse me, flows just flow through me, like trees to branches , cliffs to avalanches.”~ Biggie Smalls

Literally for the past two hours, I’ve been dealing with the hiccups. Unholy hell its getting very annoying!

So in my quest to find something easy and quick to vanquish the annoying little foe, I come to find out that its because of the Vagus Nerve. When it becomes irritated, it tells the brain that its not happy and then the hiccups soon follow.

But for the past two hours. This is not fun at all.

So then scientifically, what is a hiccup?

The answer to that is easier to find than a cure!!

A hiccup is an involuntary contraction (myoclonic jerk) of the diaphragm that may repeat several times per minute. In medicine it is known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF), or singultus, Latin for the act of catching one’s breath while sobbing. The hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc. Once triggered, the reflex causes a strong contraction of the diaphragm followed about 0.25 seconds later by closure of the vocal cords, which results in the classic “hic” sound. At the same time, the normal peristalsis of the esophagus is suppressed.

Hiccups may occur individually, or they may occur in bouts. The rhythm of the hiccup, or the time between hiccups, tends to be relatively constant.

A bout of hiccups, in general, resolves itself without intervention, although many home remedies are often used to attempt to shorten the duration. Medical treatment is occasionally necessary in cases of chronic hiccups.

So here I’ve been sitting, bouncing up and down in between coughs and whatever else and those hiccups just won’t stop. Absolute torment.

And the sad part is that one of the ways that they say a hiccup can start is by drinking something. And that’s exactly what I was doing when this inconvenience began.

What do you do to cure yourself from hiccups? Do you hold your breath? Do you drink? Do you consume raw sugar? What is the best way to cure your hiccups?? Let me know in the comments. Maybe I’ll get rid of them and won’t have to deal with them much longer. Two hours having hiccups is brutally a long time.

  1. Serenity says:

    2 hours of hiccups is definitely brutal. You’re right about that. Not nearly as brutal as multiple hours a day, though. No, I haven’t found anything that actually works for me. A spoonful of sugar works for other people.

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