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13-year-old girl hiccups every two seconds


Posted on Thursday, 4 April, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments


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Doctors have been left baffled by the ten-week ordeal of schoolgirl Emily Marsh who can't stop hiccuping.

Emily inexplicably started to hiccup while on her way to a maths class in January and hasn't been able to stop since. The hiccups occur every two seconds and leave her so exhausted that she has to take the afternoon off school every day to rest and recover. Despite conducting a series of tests including x-rays, an MRI scan and an endoscopy, doctors remain baffled by what's causing them.

"I have tried everything - even the spoonful of vinegar. That was horrible - I refused to do it again," she said. "I've tried drinking backwards, holding my breath and people at school have been trying to scare me a lot."

"Emily Marsh, 13, started hiccupping on her way to a maths lesson in January and has not stopped since."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by TexasFisherman on 4 April, 2013, 19:01
I created an account just to comment on this. I had the hiccups for 11 years. It started after drinking to much alcohol. I tried everything, from bottles of pepto, to the vinegar, people even tried scaring me. It wasn't until 10 years after I got them, that I had a near death experience and they suddenly went away. I havn't touched anything fizzy since. Hiccups are the worst torture anyone can go through!
Comment icon #8 Posted by QuiteContrary on 4 April, 2013, 19:02
@Pallidin, anxiety and panic can be pure hell/torture. I finally gave in to meds and they helped sooooo much. I live a normal life, well sort of. But I am weaning off now and no rebound yet. @Odds, sorry about your hiccups, that would be misery! Mine are even painful on occasion, but very very short lived. My hubby and his mother get them exactly 3x a day when they occur.
Comment icon #9 Posted by OverSword on 4 April, 2013, 19:56
Having chronic hiccups is terrible. It happened to a friends husband last year, He had the hiccups for 3 months and was exhausted because he would wake up in the middle of the night from them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lava_Lady on 4 April, 2013, 21:56
I suspect there is an element of anxiety in her situation, the article says she started prior to a math test. She was probably anxious about the test then other things including the hiccups, exacerbated it. I also have anxiety disorder and it does manifest in some unusual physical ways. Her parents might wasn't to look into the psychological aspect of her situation.
Comment icon #11 Posted by csspwns on 5 April, 2013, 2:49
Poor girl. Oh cool she's the same age as me 13.
Comment icon #12 Posted by IamLegend on 5 April, 2013, 3:39
There was a man who had hiccups for 60 something years. I'll Google it real quick. Charles Osborne was his name. He was born in 1894 and died 1991 at the age of 97. From 1922 to 1990, 68 years, he suffered from hiccups. He hiccuped 40 times a minute and it gradually declined to 20 a minute as he aged finally ceasing about a year before his death.
Comment icon #13 Posted by highdesert50 on 5 April, 2013, 14:59
We try to survive and make the best of it. Thoreau perhaps penned it aptly ... The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation ...
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin on 5 April, 2013, 19:19
Don't know what you take, or if your "weaning-off" is doc supervised(sounds like it is if you're not having rebounds), but I would be careful. For myself I'm on Pristiq, Klonopin and, (as-needed)Ativan. I pressume my anxiety is worse than some other people. But I know that I tried to "self-reduce" the Klonopin because I was on a high, 3x a day dose, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I self-reduced for a few days, at it was hell... had to take the Ativan to "snap" me out of it. Not the sleep, the "rebound" After telling my psych what I ... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by xsas on 5 April, 2013, 22:31
There are so many stories of people who have hiccups or sneeze every few seconds. It must be exhausting for the poor individuals. All the basics like eating, sleeping, socializing etc must be so hard to deal with. Poor Kid.
Comment icon #16 Posted by mrkitterman on 11 May, 2013, 21:20
How do you drink backwards? Do you mean upside down? Because what constitutes backward and forward?
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