Too much hiccups? Digital rectal massage

We've all had hiccups sometime. Appears when a stimulus activates the nerves that control the diaphragm, usually when the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is too low, or against harmful gases, tobacco, bicante foods and alcoholic beverages.

During a crisis between 15 and 60 hiccups are generated per minute (0.5 s each). Hypoids are medically known as singles, which comes from Latin singult, which means "hold your breath when crying." Hiccups are much more frequent in men than in women.

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Chronic hypoids can be a sign that we drink too much, or a signal that warns us of the possibility of a tumor in the esophagus.

An attack of hiccups that lasts more than two or three hours is called persistent hiccups or prolonged hiccups. And the one that lasts more than a month, intractable hiccups.

Charles Osborne, from Iowa, had a hiccup attack in 1922 by weighing a pig before slaughtering it, according to the Guinness Book of Records. It lasted until 1988.

Persistent or prolonged hiccups are believed to be caused by uncontrolled electrical impulses in the vagus nerve, which goes from the brainstem to the abdomen and controls the rhythm of the heartbeat, the production of stomach acids, intestines and throat muscles, among other fundamental organic functions, so it is not so strange that a doctor perform a digital rectal massage to stop it, as he explains Joan Liebmann-Smith in his book Listen to your body:

In 1988, Dr. Francis Fesmire discovered an unusual method to cure intractable hiccups. His patient had been hiccuping thirty times a minute for seventy-two hours. After trying all known remedies without getting anything, the doctor, unavailable to discouragement, decided to stimulate the vagus nerve by inserting a finger into the patient's anus. This digital rectal massage, as it is medically known, worked. Fesmire is now considering something more attractive: an orgasm. As he explains, it is a great stimulator of the vagus nerve.

In 1990, Majed odeh, from the Bnai Zion medical center in Haifa (Israel) also published in the Journal of Internal Medicine an article entitled “Termination of an intractable hiccup with digital rectal massage”.

However, you may prefer the method of Eriximachus, the doctor of Aristophanes: “Hold your breath and if after having done so for a while the hiccups continue, tickle your nose with anything and sneeze; if you sneeze once or twice, the most persistent hiccups will disappear. ”

Currently, the remedies for hiccups revolve around the idea that we should recover levels of carbon dioxide in the blood or stimulate the vagus nerve to help normalize it, so the following are recommended:

  • Hold your breath
  • Breathe in a paper bag.
  • Lead on.
  • Rub the eye sockets.
  • Eat dry bread
  • Eat undone ice cream.
  • Take a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Inhale aromatic salts.
  • Drink a glass of water quickly without breathing.