November 12, 2015
Doctor's Have No Idea Why This Mother Has Had Hiccups For Eight Years
When you get the hiccups even for a few minutes it can totally hinder your world. You're left grasping for techniques to stop them; unable to even hold a conversation. Hiccups happen when the diaphragm involuntarily contracts. Because they're a reflex action, people don't have control over them, though they typically go away quickly. But can you imagine having them for eight years? Meet Lisa Graves. The 27-year-old self-employed tattoo artist and mother of two has had hiccups for almost eight years! The problem first came to be back in January 2008 when she was pregnant with her first child, Emily. When she went to her doctor out of concern, she was informed it was most likely a side effect of her pregnancy. But, even after the birth of her second child, Sophie, in May of 2012, she still had the hiccups. Lisa, from Lincoln, now has hiccups up to a whopping 100 times each day. She has tried a variety of remedies for the situation, including drinking a glass of water upside down, but to no avail. She has even visited a plethora of doctors regarding her alarming situation, all who have carried out a variety of tests on her, but no cause or cure has been found. Her husband, Matthew, 31, wakes up from his wife's hiccups in the middle of the night, whose fits keep her from sleeping often. She does, however, know specific triggers that cause them to worsen, such as alcohol and fizzy drinks, which Lisa tries to avoid at all costs.
"I went to the doctors and I was told it was a part of pregnancy and a hiccup could be a way of getting air to your baby quickly. I hiccup every hour without fail - it's really loud it almost sounds like a scream. Some people have even said I sound like a dinosaur."
Lisa is afraid of going anywhere quiet, like the cinema and romantic restaurants. "I went to Bingo with my friends for the first time last week and let out a hiccup and they called off the game because they thought I'd shouted 'Bingo.' It was really embarrassing. I get some really funny looks from people but I try to laugh it off, usually blaming it on whoever is with me."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk3_t4ZXBt8 "But my family don't notice it anymore, for my daughters I've hiccupped their whole lives so they don't even bat an eye-lid when I do it now." Lisa had chest X-rays in February and an MRI in July, both unable to find the culprit. She even underwent a procedure called gastroscopy, in which doctors utilize a fibre-optic camera to view the gullet and stomach. This was unsuccessful as well. Though Lisa is happy to note her previous thoughts that her hiccups were linked to a brain tumor proved wrong, she is still living in fear that they will consume her for the rest of her life. "It's frustrating, I just want to know what's causing them there must be a reason for it. I'm going to keep pursuing it until I can find out what's causing them, I'm just at a bit of a loss as to where to turn now but I can't give up. When I'd had hiccups for four years, I remember hoping I wouldn't have them for another four. Little did I know I'd still be hiccupping today." What's the longest you've ever had hiccups for? Source: Daily Mail [caption id="attachment_117242" align="alignleft" width="100"] @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_117241" align="alignleft" width="100"] @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]