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Hiccups after breaking prolonged water fast

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27 Oct 2014 19:09 #23840 by Mauriciocorreia
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Good day,

I have finished a 4 day water fast three days ago. Since The first time I ate something solid, I've been having frequent hiccups. It's been happening after virtually every meal and sometimes even when I don't eat anything. Unlike other hiccups, these ones don't seem to go away when I hold my breath, they continue for a long time (like half an hour each time).
Do anyone know why is that? Is that normal? What should I have done? What should I do?
Help...

Thanks,

Mauricio

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28 Oct 2014 07:37 #23859 by LeinsterChick
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hi mauricio,

i just wanted to say, you are not alone, it happened to me to after breaking a fast in august.

Did you break the fast properly? this could be the issue, since the body is not used to certain quimicals, it automatically rejects it.

Although i might be wrong, im just talking from personal experience.

Best of luck!!

veni, vidi, vici.
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28 Oct 2014 09:29 #23860 by TheFastDoctor
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Thanks Leinster for the input... much appreciated and absolutely correct.

Dear Mauricio, what sometimes happens during a fast is that certain parts of the intestine start contracting autonomically. This contraction then spreads in 2 directions: "Downwards" as it should, but also "upwards" back towards the stomach, where the wave then collides with the diaphragm. This triggers hiccups. We used to reverse this by standing on the head (upside down) then drinking a bit of water.. this really "wakes up" the control mechanisms of the gut mobility.

This is also the one rare occasion where I do recommend a drug: Metoclopramide helps "polarize" the intestine so that the movement is always in the right direction.. and often a once-off is all you need. It can be administered on an empty stomach.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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29 Oct 2014 07:05 #23874 by Mauriciocorreia
Mauriciocorreia replied the topic: Hiccups after breaking prolonged water fast
Dear Doctor,

Thank you very much for your prompt and well explained answer.

I realized it´s improving by itself (I had hiccups only twice yesterday, and today I had none, so far), so I´ll wait a little bit more before using medication.

Anyway, I think just the mere fact that I knew something could be done made me much more relaxed, which I´m sure helped a lot.

Thanks again,

Mauricio

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