What Causes Hiccups?
Hiccups can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'life-threatening' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose hiccups, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hiccups" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Cardiac Ischemia
- Chronic Renal Insufficiency
- Heart Disease
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
nails turning white towards the ends
moderate unexplained weight loss
high uric acid level
long-term sleep surplus
high LDL cholesterol level
rapid pulse rate
sudden shortness of breath
apple-shaped body when overweight
microcytic red cells
diagonal creases on earlobes
reasonably controlled diabetes
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hiccups:
|Chronic Renal Insufficiency
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the General Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about frequent hiccups:
How often do you have hiccups?
→ Rarely / 'average' / Don't know
→ Regular minor episodes lasting several minutes
→ Regular major episodes lasting an hour or more
→ Current problem that won't stop
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either never having hiccups or hiccups, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Hiccups usually last for only a few minutes, but can persist for days – or even months in rare cases. Although usually benign, they can sometimes be an indicator of underlying metabolic or infectious processes, including heart disease.
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