Karley Reidzans from Zeeland has had the hiccups for over 2 years, and there is no relief in sight.

Most of the time, hiccups are cute, or funny but not for one West Michigan girl. 17 year old Karley Reidzans has been struggling for 2 years to rid herself of the hiccups, but they just won't stop. The Detroit Free Press reported that Karley said...

"They started, and we thought it was funny for the first few days but then after like a month or so my mom took me to the doctor."

The scary, and disappointing news is that the Doctors are not sure what to do. Karley's Mom took her to see Dr. Daniel Fain who diagnosed Karley with a rare, but very real case of "chronic hiccups".

"We couldn't say exactly what it is," Fain said. "It seems to be some sort of a brain misfire is all we can say right now. There may be something about the way that her body is perceiving certain stimuli.

"It may be the way her body is growing. We don't know for sure exactly."

And Fain adds there’s no guarantee Reidzans will ever grow out of them: “There's this chronic need for her to have a hiccup that we still don't understand."

Karley has done a great job dealing with this condition, but she does have days that are very frustrating...

"They are annoying and sometimes can hurt my chest and my throat and it's not really fun," she said. "Especially when I get the one person who is like oh you got to be faking it."

I hope her hiccups end soon, and life returns to normal for this pretty teenager.

We all get the hiccups at one time or another and Kidshealth.com explains why most of us get hiccups...

"Sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. When the air rushing in hits your voice box, your vocal cords close suddenly and you're left with a big hiccup."

 

Healthremediesjournal.com Has A Five Tricks To Attempt To Stop Hiccups...

  • Swallow With An Open Mouth - Keep your mouth open for as long as possible. If you need to swallow, do so. It will feel odd at first but you will get used to it.
  • Drink Dissolved Cardamon Powder - It is not really a tasty drink but it will help. Mix a teaspoon cardamom powder with a cup of boiled water. The drink helps your diaphragm muscles to relax,
  • Coughing or Burping - Coughing or Burping can help stop the spasms in your diaphragm. The reason why is that it forces your stomach muscles and surrounding areas to start working.
  • Breath Into A Paper Bag - When you breath into a paper bag you are increasing the  amount of carbon dioxide in your body. This method is used to help people from hyperventilating. It causes the person to calm down and it distracts them. The same idea applies to the hiccups.
  • Stretching And Stimulating The Diaphragm - Breath in until you can not take in anymore air. Make Sure your lungs are filled then hold your breath for 30 seconds or more.

Have a sure fire way to get rid of the hiccups? I would love to know your trick!