Let’s take a closer look at the procedure:
The doctor will conduct a thorough check of the diaphragm and the nearby organs. They may use a stethoscope to analyze the presence of abnormalities in breathing movements, esophagus, and the surrounding organs.
Investigation of medical history
The doctor is likely to investigate your personal medical history to find out the cause of chronic hiccups.
The doctor may also take a closer look at the medications that you are taking or have taken. Make sure to carry all your medical documents that record the history of your personal medical conditions and drug intake.
Tell your doctor all of your medications, like non-prescription or OTC (over-the-counter) medications, herbals, vitamins, and supplements. This is important for the doctor to evaluate whether your symptoms may be due to drug interactions.
Treatment of Chronic Hiccups
Treatment of this medical condition is generally determined by the underlying cause of the condition, its severity, types of other symptoms, etc. The available treatment options are:
Tranquilisers like chlorpromazine, metoclopramide, and haloperidol is one of the most prescribed drug therapies for chronic hiccups. Muscle relaxants or pain relievers are another line of treatment.
Anticonvulsant agents including phenytoin, valproic acid, and carbamazepine. At other times, sedatives and stimulants are also possible treatment options.
Acupuncture and hypnosis are alternative therapies that may be recommended.
This is kept as the last treatment option since medications mostly work effectively in treating incidences of chronic hiccups.