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Hiccups and Sneezes, PD style

I have been experiencing sudden incidents of hiccups or sneezing which are infrequent but sudden and extremely violent. Would appreciate input from anyone from anyone who has had similar episodes. Information from the net is scanty but does recognize a correlation between hiccups and PD. In my experiences the incidents seem to occur entirely at random, during the day or the middle of the night during sleep. This would seem to be a cause for concern if either should occur while eating or drinking due to the sudden large intake of air which precedes it and which could cause food to move from the mouth or throat into the lungs. This could cause aspiration Pneumonia or difficulty swallowing which are among the leading causes of death among PD patients. Any thoughts on this?

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I have sneezing spells at least one time per month where I will sneeze at least a dozen times in a row. If I eat anything hot like a jalapeno, I will get hiccups instantly.


Sneezing can be connected to allergies, I get other hay fever symptoms when I have a sneezing attack. There is some evidence that people with PD are more likely to have allergies/hay fever. Don't know about hiccups.

Ronn I wouldn't "over think" this. I just go with it when I'm having an attack and sleep propped with pillows - It helps


Thanks for your response. Your analysis and comments were probably more accurate and meaningful than the information I provided. (No real danger of "overthinking" on this end.)

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gustatory rhinitis is a real thing, I developed it this year. can be triggered by eating, drinking and even by smelling something foody. often accompanied by big sneezes and a drippy nose. most agravating, and yes it is difficult if you are halfway through a mouthful, you have too little time to decide to swallow, and can wind up feeling quite chokey. its surprising what you can manage to do, though, and thus far have avoided anything worse. I believe is has a neurological cause, but how e xactly it works and what can be done to alleviate it I do not know. if it is this, as described then it is definitely not an allergy, though initially that is what I thought it must be too.


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