Cause Of Hiccups
Certain conditions are associated with a higher risk of developing hiccups. Eating too much food, irritation of the phrenic nerve due to eating hot food, gas and bloating in the stomach that pushes against the diaphragm, eating food too quickly, certain medications, and medical conditions can cause hiccups.
Medications that cause hiccups are opiates, benzodiazepines, anesthesia, corticosteroids, and barbiturates. Medical conditions that can cause hiccups are inflammatory bowel disease, small bowel obstruction, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), respiratory conditions including asthma and pneumonia, diabetes, and anxiety. Other conditions that may affect the central nervous system and cause hiccups are encephalitis, brain tumor, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries. Meningitis, goiter, or pharyngitis can cause hiccups.