Hiccups May Be Much More Serious For Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetics Than They Recognize

"Hi my father is a Diabetes patient currently on Dialysis," a KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote. "He is suffering from severe hiccups for a couple of months now and the matter is only getting worse. I want to know the best treatment available for this ailment as soon as possible. Please help!"

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients are familiar with symptoms such as edema (swelling), anemia (excessive tiredness), itchy skin and so on. Hiccups, however, are a much lesser known complication of these diseases. For this reason the complication can go undiagnosed and cause sleeplessness, exhaustion, malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration and other negative side effects for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. 

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Hiccups generally last only a few minutes, but prolonged episodes may be signs of oncoming stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (a chronic nerve disease), Tumors, Meningitis and Encephalitis (infections that can cause swelling in the brain), and head trauma. Hiccups that last for longer periods of time also can be caused by electrolyte imbalance, anesthesia reaction after surgery, certain classes of drugs (barbiturates, steroids, and tranquilizers) as well as Parkinson’s Disease (a degenerative brain disease). 

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Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta notes that in Dialysis patients, "Basically the cause for chronic hiccups...seems to be due to uncontrolled Diabetes, Uremia (urine in bloodstream), Hyponatremia (low levels of sodium in the blood), Hypokalemia (lower than normal potassium level)..." 

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If you still have hiccups after 48 hours, Healthline.com suggests that you talk to your Primary Physician who may attempt gastric lavage (stomach pumping) or a carotid sinus massage (rubbing the main carotid artery in the neck). If your persistent hiccups have no obvious cause, there are several medications that may be prescribed. The more commonly used drugs include Chlorpromazine and Haloperidol (antipsychotic medications), Benzodiazepines (a class of tranquilizers), Metoclopramide (a nausea drug ), Baclofen (a muscle relaxant), Nifedipine (a blood pressure medication), and seizure medications such as Gabapentin. 

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Now you know if you are suffering or suffer in the future with hiccups for a long period of time, what you should do. What was the longest time YOU ever suffered hiccups and how were you able to get rid of them? For your Breaking News and Daily Information about how those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes can better manage their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com regularly! Also, let others know about this FREE resource.

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