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I've had hiccups all day, and it's starting to hurt my ribs and my throat:( could someone explain to me why I would be having them, I searched up about them and kinda made a mistake because google sometimes makes things worse but could someone please give me advice thankyou for your time.

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Hi. It is entirely possible that it is anxiety causing your problem. Two things - first with health anxiety you focus on certain body functions like breathing or throat problems, its called sensorimotor obsession - like ocd in many ways. The second thing is with anxiety the brain can release certain chemicals and hormones into your system which then affect the nerves associated with breathing and the diaphragm, causing hiccups for example.

It might be useful if you could get yourself into a comfortable position and focus on controlling your breathing for a while. Another useful aid might be to use a distraction technique to move the focus away from the hiccups and on to something more positive in your life, or onto an activity such as reading, writing, watching tv - anything to divert attention from the hiccups.

I hope that some of this might prove useful and that you recover soon.

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Thankyou very much for the reply, it does make a lot of sence the way you put it, and when I do get bad I tend to focus but could I ask you another?☺️

I keep getting chest pain like I can't get a good breath in it's very sore beside my collarbones and when I pain it feels like someone is sitting on my chest.

Thankyou very much!

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Hi. There may be several reasons for your chest pain. Can I assume that you have had checks for any heart or lung problem? One possibility is that when you find it difficult to breathe you hyperventilate, causing the blood vessels to contract, thus leading to chest pain. There is also the possibility of skeletal pain - which I myself get quite a lot of. The pain you are feeling in actually 'bone pains' rather than from any internal organs. This may be due to the position you sleep in for example - in my case it happened because after my heart attack I spent a lot of time resting on my back, leading to severe back and chest pains. I would advise that you get your heart and lungs checked if you have not already done so so that you can at least rule them out.

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Hi again, I've had lots of bloods done and I assume they would have seen anything if there was something wrong, as you see everything threw the bloods, and I totally understand the way I'm lying might be the case, I've no heart pains, but like were my collarbones are it's quite painful, I've also went threw a camera test were you get the camera down your throat, it showed I've gastroesophageal reflux, I'm wondering could this case it?😳

But I've an hospital appointment tomorrow I shall ask, maybe hopefully, it will be gone by then, thankyou, and also I'm not a smoker but use to be 3months ago, thanks for the advicex

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Do you have a Health Line or a 24 hr Ask A Nurse number (or something similar to that) that you can call?? I would ask the operator... and then call... Sometimes just the action you take doing this starts helping you...and I am SURE they can give you some kind of helpful advice... I, too, am sure its anxiety caused... and maybe you can be given something (not on a permanent basis!) that would help you to relax...and lose the hiccups! Let us know how you are doing. Good luck to you!

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Im a 17year old lady☺️and have a bad fear of death👎and I search a lot of things witch I shouldn't, I just have to think to myself it's another one of anxiety/depression trying to scare me, but my chest is very sore like someone is sitting in my chest, I'm not a smoker I quit 3months ago and I don't use alcohol.

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I'm 21 and I get pains all over my chest jaw head and arm it's horrible and I also have a massive fear of dying I keep thinking I'm going to have a heart attack stroke or many other things and I google loads also 😩 X

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Aww so sorry to hear it very scary having these thoughts 24/7, my chest pains real sore, and I also have an head ach it's very frustrating and sore,I also suffer with bad breathing and feel as if my air ways are closing😩Awk your 21 you have your hole life a head of you it's very hard for me to say that to you I understand because wee both have the common fear and you think your never gonna get the help you need😔but please give me a text when your feeling this way I'm more than happy to talk to you x

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Thanks means a lot same to you if you need to talk just message because I hate this if I'm honest like makes you feel horrible about yourself and everything it's really not nice

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Simple remedy for hiccups. Drink a cap full of lemon juice it takes it away immediately. 😊

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I understand but because I've gastricesophagas reflux I'm not aloud lemon, but i don't have them atm, just when I seem to drink soda/fizzy juice is when it happens, thanks for the advice.

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